Press Releases | 11.2.20

Over 300 AAPI Candidates Ran for Public Office in 2020


APAICS to Continue to Invest in AAPI Representation and Leadership for all Levels of Public Service

WASHINGTON— APAICS is pleased to announce over 300 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) candidates ran for public office in the 2020 election cycle. APAICS tracked these candidates through its AAPI Candidate Pipeline, a comprehensive database of all AAPIs who are running for office. APAICS president and CEO Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke released the following statement:

“We are proud of all the AAPI candidates that took the leap and ran for office this cycle. Many of these candidates have gone through APAICS’ leadership and candidate trainings, and it is through the hard work of our staff and supporters that helped make these resources available. The diversity of these candidates shows us that there is great enthusiasm within our community to take part in public service, and we hope that this election will result in greater AAPI representation across all levels of government.

This interest is not just singular to candidates alone. As the AAPI community noticed that there are increased candidates that not only represent their backgrounds and heritages, there is an increase in participation in the electoral process. In 2020, more AAPIs have registered to vote and data has shown that AAPIs have voted in levels that blow past numbers out of the water. AAPI voters are eager to make their voices heard, and they are voting early and via absentee ballots.”

APAICS offers voting resources and has released a voting PSA on Comcast NBCUniversal.

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The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 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.

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