Here are the 6 Filipino candidates running for Congress
Out of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives that are up for grabs in Tuesday’s midterm elections, there are six Filipino candidates who are hoping to be added to the short list of Pinoys who have had a seat in the U.S. Congress.
Among the six are three women hoping to be the first Filipina to get in the lower house.
Running in California’s 14th congressional district is Cristina Osmena. The Pinay Republican calls herself a social-liberal fiscal conservative, and she’s going up against career Democrat Jackie Speier.
Osmena, an immigrant who migrated to the U.S. at the age of 6, is a granddaughter of former Philippine President Sergio Osmena.
Gina Ortiz-Jones is a U.S. Air Force veteran, whose mother is from Pangasinan.
According to the Cook Political Report, Ortiz-Jones, a national security expert, is in a competitive race against Texas district 23 incumbent Will Hurd.
Democrats have put Hurd’s seat in their top five targets in 2018 putting in the resources needed to turn this district blue.
Over in Florida’s 1st congressional district, Democratic nominee Dr. Jennifer Mijares-Zimmerman is going up against Republican Matt Gaetz. Florida’s district 1 has not supported a Democratic president since John F. Kennedy in 1960.
In California’s 21st district Fil-Am TJ Cox is going for the seat of incumbent Republican representative David Valadao.
Born to a Chinese father and a Filipina mother, Cox says he knows how important immigration is to families — which he vows to uphold against the Trump administration.
In California’s 34th district, Green Party nominee Kenneth Mejia is up against incumbent Democrat Jimmy Gomez.
At only 27 years old, Mejia is the youngest on the list of Pinoy candidates.
The seat in Congress that he is going for represents a large section of Los Angeles, covering Historic Filipinotown, Eagle Rock, Koreatown, and downtown LA.
Finally, Virginia’s 3rd district incumbent congressman Bobby Scott, a Democrat, is running unopposed.
The Cook Political Report says among the 435 races, 73 are very competitive — and it could spell the difference of swinging the majority in the lower House.
Republicans currently hold a majority, but Democrats need to flip just 23 of those seats to retake the House.