U.S. midterm polls yield big harvest of Fil-Am winners
A big batch of Filipino Americans won elected state and municipal positions in the U.S. midterm elections last Nov. 8.
Leading the Filipino victors (all of whom but one are in California in this report), are young trailblazer Steven Raga who won New York’s State Assembly seat for District 30 with nearly 60% of the votes, and re-electionist California Attorney General Rob Bonta, who also reaped nearly 60%.
As the first Filipino to win a seat at the New York State Assembly Raga praised his #TeamRaga and volunteers for knocking on doors, calling voters, registering people to vote, and building coalitions of grassroots volunteers, activists and community leaders.
“Two words. We Won. As a kid from Queens who grew up with a single mother, working three jobs while pursuing my education, the overwhelming support from all corners of the district means a lot to me. Thank you, Assembly District 30!” Raga beamed.
Bonta, in his message stated: “The returns reflect our results for public safety, for freedom and for working families. But our work isn’t done. What is next for our nation remains unknown, but what is known is that no matter what happens in Washington, DC…. No matter what radical Republicans try to throw our way in state houses… your Attorney General will go to court, sue and fight back!”
Meanwhile, in Artesia. California, first Filipina American Mayor Melissa Ramoso was re-elected, so was El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto. South San Francisco Vice Mayor Buenaflor Nicolas ran unopposed,
Nikki Fortunato Bas was re-elected to the Oakland City Council, so were Daly City Council Members Ray Buenaventura and Rod Daus-Magbual.
Meanwhile, Cameron Sasai, 24, will be the newest member of Pinole City Council and the youngest in its 100-year history. Sasai’s mother, Marilou Macaraeg, hails from Lingayen, Pangasinan and his Japanese American father, David Sasai, comes from a family of farmworkers,
Other city council victors were David Oro of American Canyon, Joanne Del Rosario of Colma, Tony Daysog of Alameda, and Garry Barbadillo of Milpitas.
In Southern California, successful Filipino candidates for city councils include Arleen Rojas of Carson, Jed Leano of Claremont, Phil Bacera of Santa Ana and Ollie Cantos, a blind Filipino American longtime civil rights lawyer, in West Covina.
Former Daly City mayor Mike Guingona won for San Mateo County Community College District Member, Governing Board, Trustee Area 2.
There are many Filipino American victors across the U.S. to be added to updated reports of the Nov. 8 results.