Three Fil Ams advance to California general elections

By Abner Galino

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THREE Filipino Americans, one of them a descendant of an old Philippine political clan, have advanced to the California general election.

The three will respectively be running to win California’s congressional district seats 14th, 21st and 34th in the United States Congress.

But the good news seems to end there. The chances of anyone of them winning in their respective races in the general election in November are not very encouraging.

For one, Kenneth Mejia, 26, a certified public accountant and Green Party candidate, will be facing incumbent Democrat Jimmy Gomez.

Gomez garnered 79.49% percent of the votes during the primary elections as against Mejia’s 12.05% votes.
District 34 is almost entirely within the City of Los Angeles, encompassing places such as Boyle Heights, Chinatown, City Terrace, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Garvanza, Glassel Park, Highland Park, Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, Little Tokyo, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Mount Washington and Westlake.

In a brief speech during a festivity at the Filipino Cultural Center (FCC) in the historic Filipinotown recently, Mejia revealed his pure Filipino origin.

Mejia also highlighted the significance of his candidacy advancing into the general election. He told the crowd that it was high time for Filipino Americans to be represented well in the US Congress, being the second largest immigrant community in the country.

Mejia runs on the platform of single-payer healthcare, tuition-free public college, cancellation of student debt, full legal status for all immigrants, universal rent control and clean renewable energy.

On the other hand, Republican Filipina American Cristina Osmeña, advanced to the general election because the 14th congressional district race was classified as “uncontested.” Only one candidate for each party joined the race.

The votes were not tabulated thus the disparity between votes garnered could not be gathered for this story.
Osmeña will also be facing incumbent Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier, also a woman. The 14th congressional district is a traditional Democratic stronghold.

Filipino American engineer TJ Cox, it seems, has the strongest fighting chance of all the three Filipino Americans going into the November general election. That is, if the sentiment against the supposed blundering Trump administration continue to swell and inspire voters to vote out Republicans.

Cox only won 37% of the vote against incumbent Republican David Valadao who garnered 63 % of the votes during the primary. But a Democratic candidate, according to pundits, has an 18 points advantage over a Republican in Kern County.

If this was any indication of his strength, Cox has reportedly raised more money than Valadao. He was also getting a lot of support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) which runs the so-called “Red to Blue” program.


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One Comment

  1. Angelita Coronel says:

    I voted for Kenneth Mejia and adviced my Chinese and Japanese friends to vote for him!! I think if we really put our minds into helping our Kababayans win in any election we can do it!! Some dont really care and that’s Filipino mentality. Something like vote buying which is still working in the Phil, might just get the Marcoses back to Malacanang ( hindi malayong mangyari)!

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