Much was made of the governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey last week. What received much less notice in the mainstream media was the tremendous success of Asian American candidates in multiple local elections. Three major cities--Boston, Cincinnati and Seattle--elected Asian Americans. For the first time in Boston’s 200-year history, a nonwhite, female candidate, Michelle Wu, who identifies as Taiwanese American, won the mayor’s race. Similarly, Aftab Pureval, a biracial Tibetan Indian American, became Cincinnati’s mayor and Bruce Harrell, a biracial Japanese and African American, Seattle’s mayor. Additionally, New York City elected five Asian American City Council members: Julie Won, Sandra Ung, Linda Lee, Shahana Manif and Shekar Krishnan.
AAPI Equity Alliance (formerly, A3PCON) is a coalition of community-based organizations that advocates for the rights and needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander American community.