Fil-Ams who achieved historic victories in recent US midterm polls

Several Filipino Americans have won historic victories in the November 2022 midterm elections in the United States, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) said Wednesday.

“Our biggest accomplishment in this year’s November election is that more Filipinos are running for public office,” NaFFAA President and National Chair Brendan Flores said in a statement.

Flores added that because of such representation in public office, Filipino Americans and other minority communities are inspired to “speak up, participate and listen.”

“We are pleased with the progress for our community. Filipino Americans offer a unique kind of leadership grounded in their deep love for their families and communities,” he said.

Historic victories

Steven Raga became the first Filipino American in the New York state legislature.

Maria Cervania is now the first Filipino-American member of the North Carolina Legislature after winning the election to represent District 41.

Kris Valderrama, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, and Marvin Lim, a state representative for District 98 in Georgia, were also reelected.

Justin Jones also won as the state representative for Tennessee’s District 52.

Luz Bay also took a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives to represent Strafford County District 21.

Genevieve Mina will take office in the Alaska House of Representatives for District 19.

Erica Mosca is also elected as a member of the State Assembly for District 14 of Nevada.

In Hawaii, Rosebella Martinez won as a member of the State House of Representatives for District 40 in Ewa, Hawaii.

Brandon Elefante and Henry Aquino are newly elected Senators to the Hawaii State Senate.

In California, Rob Bonta is re-elected Attorney General for the US state, which is home to more than 500,000 Filipinos.

Rep. Bobby Scott, who won the US House of Representatives election in Virginia’s 3rd congressional district, remained the highest-ranking elected official among Filipino Americans.

Kenneth Mejia of Los Angeles was elected Burbank City’s first Filipino-American city controller.

Young Fil Ams

Cameron Sasai became the youngest Filipino-American councilor in Pinole City, California, at age 23.

Activist and accountant Kenneth Mejia, 32, is the first Filipino American and Asian American elected to a citywide office in Los Angeles.

In Tennessee, 26-year-old activist Justin Jones was elected representative of District 52, becoming the youngest legislator in their state capital.

In Hawaii, 36-year-old Filipino-American Brandon Elefante will become Hawaii’s youngest state senator in the upcoming term.

local elections

According to NaFFAA, many Filipino Americans also won positions in local government during the November election.

In the California mayoral race, Jed Leano of Claremont City, Rod Daus-Magbual of Daly City, and Melissa Ramoso of the City of Artesia won the election.

Gabriel Quinto, the first LGBTQ councilor in El Cerrito, California, was re-elected to the city council positions.

Other Filipino Americans who won the California City Council election include the following:

  • Garry Garbadillo from Milpitas City
  • Ray Buenaventura from Daly City
  • Ollie Cantos from West Covina City
  • Tony Daysog from Alameda County,
  • Joanne Del Rosario from the city of Colma
  • Diosdado Matulac of the City of Vallejo,
  • Buenaflor Nicolas of the City of South San Francisco
  • David Oro from American Canyon,
  • Charles Palmares from the city of Vallejo
  • Cameron Sasai from the town of Pinole
  • Phil Bacerra from Santa Ana City
  • Ditas Yamane from National City

In addition, Krystle Ang of Burbank City was elected Treasurer.

In Hawaii, newcomer Tyler Dos Santos and former State House member Val Okimoto won the Honolulu City Council.

Several Filipino Americans also won school board elections:

  • Thelma Boac and Jaria Jaug won at the Berryessa Union School District Board in San Jose, California
  • Judy Patacsil was elected Board Trustee for District 1 of Palomar College in San Diego County
  • Mike Guingona also won election to serve on the board of trustees of the San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees

At the judicial level, Filipino-American attorney Mari Parade was also elected as a judge at the District Family Court in Las Vegas, Nevada. — Joviland Rita/RSJ, GMA Integrated News