Fil-Ams vie for local government seats

CERRITOS, CA — It’s that time of the year when city councils shuffle, and as some take higher seats, other hope to get their first taste of local government.

At the Cerritos City Council, three-term councilman and former mayor Mark Pulido is once again the mayor.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to give back to my hometown community of Cerritos. I grew up here so it’s just thrilling to be able to serve in this capacity,” said Pulido.

While Pulido is no stranger to the top two positions on the council, Frank Aurelio Yokoyama is now entering the second year of his first term, making Cerritos the only Southern California city to have more than one Filipino on its council.

While his city duties will look at balancing the budgets and keeping the streets clean and safe, Pulido has extra plans.

“I hope that I can serve as a role model to the young sisters and brothers out there the young Filipino Americans to pursue public service they have it in them.”

About 30 miles away, history-making Sierra Madre mayor, Rachelle Arizmendi, Won her city council re-election earlier this month, with the highest vote total.

As City Councils reorganize, Filipinos in other Southland cities are organizing to land seats in their local governments.

Filipino Democrats are seeking offices in the region.

Nate Epstein is running for Orange County assessor.

While Several Filipinos, including Mark Anthony Paredes in Garden Grove, and Phil Bacerra of Santa Ana are seeking city council seats.

Lorri Galloway hopes to be Anaheim’s mayor.

Jestin Samson is still in running for state senate representing Orange County.

“We’re really encouraged. I think there’s a lot of energy right now. There is a Democratic blue wave going on this year. Especially in Orange County, where we have four seats going up,” said Arnel Dino. “We’ve got at least 2 Filipino Dems running for Congress this year. We’ve got TJ
Cox in the Central Valley and Gina Ortiz jones in Texas. And she’s got a good shot to win in Texas.”

On the Republican side, Edwin Duterte seeks a seat in the US house of representatives, while
San Diego city councilman Chris Cate is up for re-election.


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