By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Nov. 4, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A Pinay in Iowa is at the forefront of campaigning for Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst.
Emma Aquino Nemecek ran for office in the past. In fact, she’s the first and only Filipino to run for Iowa’s state house.
She ran in 2006 and 2008, and although she lost on both bids, she continues to remain politically involved.
The Quezon City-raised Ilongga is currently the election volunteer coordinator of the National Rifle Association.
She has also worked for the likes of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann.
In an interview with Balitang America, Nemecek said that Filipinos in Iowa — who she identified as half Republican and half Democrat — share her excitement to participate in the midterm elections.
“They don’t want to give up the chance to choose leaders and representatives who will do things that are important to them,” Nemecek said.
She added that she and Ernst, who she backs for Senate, both support legal immigration rather than amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
“Most of us are petitioning our parents and our brothers and sisters. And they have to go through the process. In regards to the illegals who are crossing the border that’s here in the United States – I know it’s kind of hard to send them back home. But I think they should try to find a way to get them some legal papers,” Nemecek said.
She added: “Just like everyone else, I think everyone should fall in line.”