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Asian American & Pacific Islanders Running for Elected Office at Record High Numbers


CONTACT: Floyd Mori, CEO/President, APAICS

(202) 296-9200

October 15, 2014

Asian American & Pacific Islanders Running for Elected Office at Record High Numbers

Washington, D.C.- Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates continue to make notable strides in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections with 22 congressional candidates on the ballot in 12 different states and U.S. territories. Six years ago, only 13 candidates ran for Congress in the 2008 general elections. APAICS commends the advancement of AAPIs in the Congressional elections, especially as 39 candidates ran in the 2014 primaries, quadrupling AAPI involvement since 2008.

See our snapshot of the AAPI Congressional candidates.

AAPI Congressional Canidates v5publish

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State and local elections reflect the same trend of increased AAPI political participation. This year, 159 AAPI’s are running for state legislature seats across the country. The continued growth of AAPI’s seeking elected offices reflects the changing demographics, increased political awareness, and maturity of the community. Today, the AAPI community constitutes the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States.

Despite these optimistic numbers, the community still faces many obstacles to equal participation and representation. According to new research from Asian Americans Advancing Justice, APIAVote, and AAPI Data, 66% of AAPI’s have not been reached out to by Democrats and 74% have had no contact from Republicans. The scarce interactions between AAPI’s and political parties demonstrates the challenges AAPI communities face to full participation in the political process.

It is vital that levels of AAPI political participation and representation match the growth of the community. Despite breakthroughs for AAPI’s in federal elected offices, only 14 members out of the 485 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are AAPI. APAICS President/CEO Floyd Mori says, “The record breaking AAPI candidacies in the 2014 election is a strong indication that the AAPI community is ready to step up to the plate instead of staying on the sidelines. This trend empowers AAPI’s to express their voice at all levels of civil engagement and to make a difference where it matters most to our community. The vital step for all of us is to register as a voter and to vote on November 4.”

APAICS is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Asian American & Pacific Islander participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

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APAICS President/CEO Floyd Mori Honored at 9th Annual WWAAC Awards


October 3, 2014

CONTACT:  Floyd Mori, APAICS President/CEO

APAICS President/CEO Floyd Mori Honored at 9th Annual WWAAC Awards 

From left to right: Floyd Mori with Johnnie Giles from Comcast and fellow WWAAC Honoree Christine Sato-Yamazaki

Atlanta, GA - On September 27, 2014, Floyd Mori, CEO/President of APAICS, was named the 2014 WWAAC Leaders & Legends Honoree at the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities (WWAAC) Alliance Foundation’s 9th successful Asian Americans who serve as leaders and role models in their respective communities, and to recognize the accomplishments of these leaders and promote the Asian American community into mainstream America.

Floyd Mori was recognized for his leadership and accomplishments in the Asian American community, as well as his years of public service. Before becoming the current CEO/President of APAICS, he was formerly the National Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). He also served as a California State Assemblyman and Mayor. He has represented and worked within the Japanese American and Asian American community for many years, and continues to represent and speak to the public about the Japanese American story.

That evening Christine Sato-Yamazaki, Executive Director of the National Veterans Network (NVN), was the recipient of the Pan-Pacific American Leaders and Mentors (PPALM) Leaders & Legends Honoree; Dr. Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo, was awarded the Leaders and Legends Award from The Center for Asian Pacific American Women (CAPAW); and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) presented the Leaders & Legends Award to Catherine Bioc, a College Coach for Beyond 12 who was a former APIASF scholarship recipient who first-generation college student born in the Philippines.



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The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.