Meet and Greet on Sunday, Oct. 21st
Know what made them run for offices and what this will bring to the Asian American community?
HOUSTON – Early voting for the midterm elections starts on October 22nd. At this special time in American history, an unprecedented number of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) candidates will be on the ballot in the Greater Houston Area: 15 in total, representing positions from Congressman and Texas Supreme Court Judge, to county court judge and Justice of Peace. Texas, in its nearly 200 years of history, may see the first Asian American Congressman and Texas Supreme Court Judge after the November 6th election.
This is a truly history-defining moment worth celebrating for all Asian Americans. These candidates come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and professional experiences, as Houston is becoming one of the most diverse cities in the nation with a high-density and fast-growing Asian American population. Among the impressive lineup of the candidates, 13 are Democrats and 2 are Republicans, 8 are of South and Southeast Asian origin, and 5 are also women.
This is in a stark contrast to the lack of representation of Asian Americans and minority women in the current administration and the Republican Party. In fact, the only Asian American elected official in Houston, Theresa Chang (a Harris County judge), was taken out of office as a result of the March Primary election earlier this year.
With the immigrant community under attack and precarious changes in American politics, these emerging Asian American leaders are standing up for our voices, bringing a new level of hope and excitement for the community.
Harris County Democratic Party AAPI Committee would like to acknowledge the effort of all the democratic AAPI candidates for their hard work of mobilizing the Asian American community, and encourage everyone to come out to vote and support these candidates in this election.
You can meet these candidates on Sunday, October 21st, from 2-4PM, in an event organized by the OCA-Greater Houston at the Chinese Community Center (9800 Town Park Drive, Houston, TX 77036).
Many local grassroots organizations, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bangladeshi, Pakistani civic groups, will also be participating in the event.