SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach), outgoing chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, has announced a new website for the caucus (www.apilcaucus.com) and the caucus’ endorsement of five incumbents and five new candidates in the November election.
Furutani did not seek a third term; Assemblymembers Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) are termed out. All four are leaving the Legislature at the end of November.
“You will see that we are focusing on the upcoming November elections,” Furutani wrote on the site’s home page. “Of course this makes sense because our mere existence is predicated on electing API legislative candidates … Our short-range goal is to replace our exiting members with the election of five new members. At a total membership of 12, this will be an all-time high for the caucus.
“I would also note that all our members and candidates are Democrats. This should be no surprise. There are 52 Democrats, 27 Republicans, and one independent in the Assembly. There is not one APIA, Latino, African American, or LGBT member in the Republican Caucus. That says it all.
“We are also recommending a yes vote on Prop. 30, a no vote on Prop. 32, and will be looking into getting buses to bring API activists and volunteers to walk precincts in Nevada for President Obama.
“Since I am one of the members leaving the Legislature, the chairmanship will be passed on to another member at the start of the new year. My goal since being caucus chair has been to build the political infrastructure of the Asian Pacific Islander American community and to raise the profile of the caucus in the Capitol. Progress has been made and there’s so much more to do. I’m confident that the ongoing members and newly elected ones will take this effort to the next level.”
Due to redistricting, incumbents are running in new districts that include areas they did not previously represent, making re-election more difficult.
Following are the caucus’ profiles of the 10 candidates it is supporting.
For more detailed biographies and links to the candidates’ websites, visit www.apilcaucus.com.