LOS ANGELES — As voters cast their ballots, and get their traditional “I Voted” sticker, local politics will also be a main focus in many cities, and many Filipino names will be on local ballots.
At least 14 Filipino candidates are seeking local office in southern California, including Melissa Ramoso. Ramoso is running for Artesia City Council along with former Artesia mayor, Victor Manalao who seeks re-election.
In others part of Los Angeles county, two Filipinos are on the ballot in the Pinoy hub of Carson.
Former mayor pro temp Elito Santarina looks to continue his 15-year career on the city council, as Oz Buendia seeks his first term.
In the eastern LA County city of Claremont, lawyer Jed Leano who is vice chair of the community and human services commission is running for councilman.
Filipina-Mexican American Letty Lopez, a community senior services commissioner is now running for city council in the major Pinoy hub of West Covina.
Former mayor Tzeitel Paras Carracci is up for re-election in Duarte.
Further south in Orange County, three Fil-Ams are running for city council: Mark Anthony Parades in Garden Grove, Phil Becerra in Santa Ana, and Christina Mackey in Laguna Hills.
Former Anaheim councilwoman and mayor pro-temp Lorri Galloway is running for Anaheim mayor.
In San Diego county, Filipino American Army veteran Mark Bartlett has been canvassing in his tsinelas hoping to be the first Pinoy elected to the Chula Vista city council. Former National City treasurer, Ditas de Los Santos Yamane is eyeing the office of the mayor.
Republican San Diego councilman Chris Cate is also projected to keep his seat on the San Diego city council.
Some of these candidates can make history if elected, as many of the cities they’re running in have never had Filipino or even Asian Americans in these elected positions.