AAPI Groups Announce Democratic Presidential Forum
The AAPI Victory Fund and Asian Americans Rising announced last week that they are teaming up to host a Democratic Presidential Forum on AAPI issues later this year. “We felt it was important to hold this groundbreaking forum with Democratic candidates, to test if they believe the AAPI vote is worth investing in, and also to ensure that our community has the information needed to participate in the primaries and the general election,” said Shekar Narasimhan, Chair and Founder of AAPI Victory Fund. The Forum will be held on September 8th in Orange County, CA -- California has the largest AAPI population in the nation, and 1 in 5 residents in Orange County are AAPI. For the 2020 election, California will be voting even earlier than in previous years, as its primaries have been shifted to “Super Tuesday” in March, in order to have a greater influence on the presidential nomination process. “Rather than being dominated by one immigrant group, Orange County’s communities have a Pan-Asian feel, with Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, Filipino and Japanese influences,” said Katie Nguyen Kalvoda, Co-Founder and President of Asian Americans Rising. “We may have descended from many, but we rise as one to lift the AAPI voice for political parity.” The AAPI electorate is the fastest growing racial group in the U.S. Results from the 2018 midterm elections show that AAPIs contributed significantly to the Democratic margins of victory, but their vote is up for grabs. Almost 2 in 5 Asian American registered voters don't identify as either a Democrat or Republican, according to the 2018 Asian American Voter Survey, and roughly one in four Congressional Districts have more than 5% AAPI voters. “Because of the President’s policies, we expect AAPI voter registration to increase significantly in 2020,” said Bel Leong-Hong, Co-Founder of AAPI Victory Fund. “This forum will energize the AAPI community and inform them which candidate is best suited to lead our country.” More here.