First-time candidate Joshua Ang Price is hoping to secure the Democratic party’s nomination for House District 39 in the state of Arkansas come November.
The Filipino-American Democrat wants to take on incumbent Republican state representative Mark Lowery.
“If I’m to be elected, the people I’m representing, they’re my boss, they’re my employer, I’m the employee, if I don’t do a good job, they can write me up, they can fire me, at the end of the day I’m there to serve, serve the needs of the community,” said Price.
Arkansas is home to more than 41,000 Asian Americans with nearly 5,000 Filipinos – but the state has never elected an Asian American legislator.
Price is a seventh generation Arkansan, first generation American, son of a Filipina nurse from Roxas City Capiz, who left the Philippines to escape martial law in the 70’s.
President Trump continues to enjoy a 60% job approval rate in the wonder state, where he carried the state with 60.6 percent of the vote in 2016.
While political analysts believe that Democrats need a more progressive platform to win, price says he is staying true to his moderate values.
“I am a Democrat, a proud Democrat, but I also know that sometimes you have to work across the aisle to get things done, especially right now in Arkansas, they have a super majority, the Republicans have a super majority.”
Price is a co-founder and president of the Arkansas Democrats Asian American Pacific Islander caucus.
Arkansan Democrats like price are hoping for a “blue wave” in their historically red state, where experts say 16 seats could be flippable.
Among them is Price’s.