As California is set for the primaries next week, one Pinay Republican businesswoman in her first run in politics, takes on a career Democrat for her seat in the US House of Representatives.
Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s political career spans nearly four decades, and she has held her seat in Congress, representing California’s 14th congressional district since 2008.
The district includes most of San Mateo County, home to a large concentration of the Bay Area’s Filipino population.
Speier’s challenger is Filipina-American solar industry executive Cristina Osmeña.
Osmeña calls herself a social-liberal-fiscal-conservative.
At the age of six, Osmeña came with her family to California, fleeing the Philippines during the Marcos dictatorship.
She says it was it an experience that fuels her empathy for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.
“I don’t think they should be punished. Plus, a lot of the Dreamers grew up as Americans. It happened to me too. I think they should be given a path to citizenship.”
However, Osmeña supports President Donald Trump’s border wall and believes that legal immigration must be firmly upheld.
Osmeña also says that she is a firm believer in the second amendment — however, she is in favor of stricter gun laws.
“I think we should increase the intensity of our screening. I don’t think we should just sell weapons openly. I think that’s been too freely distributed.”
Osmeña acknowledges that she faces a challenge as she takes on Congresswoman Jackie Speier in her first political campaign — however, she hopes everyone will still exercise their right to vote, especially her kababayan.
The California primaries will be held on June 5th.