Filipino candidates and voters prepare for November midterms

The US midterm elections are about a month away — and on the ballot are a number of Filipino-Americans running for Congress.

Among them are:

  • Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee for US Representative in the 23rd Congressional district of Texas. She is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican congressman Will Hurd.
  • Cristina Osmenya, a Republican looking to unseat Democratic incumbent Jackie Spiere in California’s 14th congressional district.
  • The Green Party’s Kenneth Mejia, who is running in California’s 34th congressional district.

As more Filipino-Americans take a chance at representation, National Federation of Filipino American Associations’ executive director Jason Tengco says his organization is also hoping for a bigger Fil-Am turnout come November.

In 2016, only 59% of eligible Filipino-American voters registered to vote, and only 50% turned out to vote.

“This year we want to do a lot better, we really want to focus on educating the community about why they should vote community, registering them, and making sure that they turn out on election day.”

With voter registration deadlines coming up in the next 10 to 15 days, organizations like Filipino APIA Vote underscores the importance of making sure you and your loved ones are registered to vote and to know where to vote on November 6.

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