FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2016
APAICS RELEASES STUDIES MEASURING GROWTH OF AAPI PARTICIPATION IN ELECTED OFFICE
Washington, D.C. – The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) releases two resources showcasing the growing participation of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the political process.
The 2016 Asian American and Pacific Islander Candidates infographic provides key demographic information including a gender and political party breakdown of the 2016 election cycle AAPI candidates. To date, there are 122 AAPIs running for federal, state, and statewide offices across 28 of the 50 U.S. states, not including Hawaii State Legislature*. For a full listing of candidates visit: www.apaics.org/2016-elections.
[button size=” style=” text=’Click here to download infographic’ icon=” icon_color=” link=’https://www.dropbox.com/s/a7ofldy8ibjcs0f/APAICS-Infographic2016.pdf?dl=0′ target=’_self’ color=” hover_color=” border_color=” hover_border_color=” background_color=” hover_background_color=” font_style=” font_weight=” text_align=” margin=”]
The APAICS Political Database is the first and only database of currently elected AAPI officials. The database includes an interactive map that displays where AAPIs hold office at the local, state and national level. Users can search by name, office, ethnicity and state. The APAICS Political Database can be found at: www.apaics.org/political-database-map/.
“There is growing momentum for AAPI elected officials across the country and it’s exciting to see viable leaders running for and winning office. We are not only showing up in densely-populated AAPI communities, but in new areas where AAPIs have not traditionally been represented in the political sphere. The Database helps us understand to a fuller extent, the status of AAPIs holding political influence– including where our voices are most strongly represented and where there is still room for growth,” according to APAICS President & CEO Floyd Mori.
As the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States and an electorate size projected to grow by 107% by 2040, according to a study conducted by the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge and APAICS , the increasing strength of AAPIs in the political arena is demonstrated by the community’s potential to influence election outcomes as an electorate and the broadening political leadership at all levels across the nation.
*Numbers are based on data as of March 21, 2016. Data for 2016 Asian American and Pacific Islander Candidates does not include Hawaii State Legislature as the filing deadline is June 7, 2016.
*April 1, 2016 – This press release has been amended to reflect to current number of AAPI candidates from 121 to 122. New York State Legislature now has 3 candidates in the lower and 1 candidate in the upper.
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. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.