TJ Cox gets support from some Fil-Am voters in his reelection bid for US Congress

SAN BRUNO, CA — Congressman TJ Cox made history in 2018.

He became the first Filipino American from California to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

And now with only a few months left in the year, Cox begins his re-election campaign for 2020.

Standing in front of a room full of supporters, Cox said he has much more to accomplish as a U.S. Congressman.

“We’re absolutely just getting started on so many issues that make a difference in the lives of people; providing healthcare access to all, quality, affordable health care access, immigration issues, I’m on the Immigration Task Force, and providing clean water for so many of our distressed communities, really making a positive difference in the lives of the people that I serve.”

Cox represents California’s 21st district — which includes King County and parts of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

But here he was three hours north of his district in the San Francisco Bay Area, because fellow Filipinos threw him a fundraiser to support his re-election bid.

“He represents us. It’s not just his district. He talked about immigration. He talked about healthcare. He talked about a lot of things; the veterans, for example, and the dreamers. So he has a vote on all of that. And he has the Filipino American perspective at the decision table,” said Marily Mondejar.

Cox will be running against the Republican he unseated in 2018, David Valadao.

He narrowly defeated Valadao with less than 1,000 votes.

Despite the challenge, Cox said he is confident in securing another victory.

“Any race that you’re in is always going to be a tough race but that’s a good thing! You can go out there and actually demonstrate with what you’ve done, how you’re representing the people,  and let them make a choice. And I could tell you is that the people I’ve been representing and getting out here and working for, they’ve been very happy, because I never forget: I work for them. 

In September — in honor of Hispanic heritage month, Cox announced the Latino inspire award.

For the month of October, Cox, along with Hawaii Congressman Ed Case, plan to introduce a House resolution recognizing Filipino Heritage Month and also celebrate Filipino culture in the U.S. Capitol.

“It’s just a big celebration. We’re going to bring lumpia and pancit and some of the other dishes that the Filipinos are really well known for. I think I’m going to have my family actually produce our special recipe of adobo there. And see if the other members of Congress enjoy that.”

Leading up to 2020, Cox is leaning on the fact that registered Democrats outnumber republicans 42-point-eight percent to 26-point-seven percent in California’s 21st district.

This area also favored Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016 by 15.5 points.

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