Fil Ams Vie For Office In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections

by Joseph G. Lariosa


CHICAGO (jGLi) – Some 36 Filipino Americans across the nation are running during the presidential elections Tuesday (Nov. 6) led by Dr. Marisha Agana, a Republican for the U.S. 13th Congressional of Ohio and incumbent Democrat Rep. Robert Scott, who is running for his 11th term as Representative of the 3rd District of Virginia.

But all eyes will be focused on former Democratic Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano, who is running for mayor of Honolulu, and three candidates in California, who are vying to become the first member or members of California State Assembly – Chris Mateo, 12th District, Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta, 18th District and Jennifer Ong, 20th

Also running for mayor is incumbent Mayor Jose Esteves for the City of Milpitas. On the eve of what is considered to be one of the tightest races for the presidency of the United States, the Philippine Embassy called on qualified Filipino-Americans to go out and exercise their right to choose their next leader.

“The United States is host to the largest concentration of Filipinos outside the Philippines and Filipinos are the second largest ethnic group in America,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said in a statement released today by the Embassy. 

“Let us use these numbers and play a bigger role in shaping the political, economic and social discourse in this country,” Ambassador Cuisia said as he also echoed Malacañang’s statement that the Philippines will work with whoever wins the elections to further strengthen the relations between Manila and Washington.


Ambassador Cuisia issued the statement hours before Americans begin trooping to polling precincts nationwide to decide whether to keep incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama in the White House or to have him replaced by his Republican challenger, Massachusetts Gov. Mick Romney.

Based on the 2010 US Census, there are an estimated 3.5 million Filipinos based in the US, most of them in the West Coast, particularly in California. A survey by the National Asian American Survey (Naas) shows that among Asian-Americans, Filipino-Americans are the ones most likely to go out and vote. They thus represent a significant voting population, according to the Filipino envoy.

“We are counting on you to help make this happen by making sure that you take part in tomorrow’s electoral exercise,” Ambassador Cuisia said as he also rallied Filipino-Americans to support their kababayans (fellow Filipino compatriots) who are running for other national and local positions.

Others running for office are Will Sylianteng, 151st, Democrat, Pennsylvania State House; Henry Aquino, 38th, Romy Cachola, 30th District, Della Au Bellati, 24th, Ty Cullen, 39th, Chris Manabat, 40th, all of Democrats for Hawaii House Representatives; Will Espero, 19th, Donna Mercado Kim, 14th and Donovan de la Cruz, 22nd, all Democrats for Hawaii State Senate;

Joey Manahan, Kymberly Marcos Pine and Ron Menor, all for Honolulu City Council; Greggor Ilagan, 4th District, Cheasea Yagong, 1st District, for Hawaii County Council; Don Guzman, Maui County Council; Garry Barbadillo, Milpitas City Council, Jim Navarro, Union City Council; Hermy Almonte, San Leandro City Council; Stewart Chen, Alameda City Council; Rebecca dela Cruz Ayson for Daly City Clerk;

Also running for office in California are Hydra Mendoza (San Francisco School Board), Marilyn Mondejar (San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee), Rebecca de la Cruz Ayson (Daly City Clerk), Rudy Nasol (Trustee, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Area 1), Wendy Ho (Trustee, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Area 5), Thelma Boac (Governing Board, East Side Union High School District) and Vince Songcayawon (Evergreen School District Board of Trustees); Leonard Tengco for the Virginia Beach School Board and in Illinois, Jessica O’Brien  for Cook County Circuit Court judge.  (

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