Fil-Am seen as a rising star in the Republican Party

CORONADO, Calif. – The Republican National Committee held its winter session in the sunny San Diego island of Coronado. After winning a majority in the House and Senate they dubbed this meeting building on success, celebrating their victories and strategizing on how to reach more voters.

“2014 was a tremendous year,” said Dr. Ben Carson. “We got the Senate back and the most in the House of Representatives in 87 years.”

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney was among the high profile guests dropping a hint that he may enter the 2016 presidential elections.

“I’m giving some serious consideration to the future, but this I know, we can win in 2016 as a party,” said Romney.

Fresh from his inauguration and a successful human trafficking sting operation, Utah’s Filipino American Attorney General Sean Reyes made the trip to San Diego where he was honored as one the Republican party’s rising stars.

“There’s so many amazing gifted accomplished people in the Republican Party so to be highlighted amongst my colleagues that is an honor,” said Reyes.

Reyes, the first Fil-Am to become a state attorney general, says that despite the title he has no immediate plans to seek higher office as he stays focused on his work within his home state.

“If it’s an opportunity for me to be able to help our party to reach out to communities like the Fil-Am community, I think it’s a great chance to educate our party and our community about the common values that they share,” said Reyes.

An all female panel of Orange County Asian-American elected republican officials were also highlighted talking about their challenges as Asian republicans.

“We are determined to have Asian-American women republicans but also to find quality candidates,” said State Senator Janet Nguyen. “Because I don’t like it when people say you won because you ran and you’re Asian. No, I won as a candidate.”

As the 2016 election draws near republicans hope fresh faces like Sean Reyes can help spread the GOPs values and reach out to more communities, especially the Asian-American.

You contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @stevieangeles for more information.

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