Campaign Update

I don’t write enough about my own campaign so I suppose that this is a good moment to provide an update.

A few relevant dates: on November 6, officially election day, my team is having a party at Ichiban in South San Francisco. The address is 120 Hazelwood Drive, a short walk from Fort McKinley which is closed on Tuesdays. There are two wall mounted TVs so we can watch the election results together. Please purchase tickets in advance (a link will be up on my website shortly). My website is OsmenaForCongress.com. Ticket sales will help me give the restaurant an accurate headcount and capacity is limited. The festivities start at 7pm.

On October 8, your ballots will begin to arrive in the mail. In San Mateo County, all registered voter will be mailed ballots. You can mail these back or drop them off at ballot drop off locations. If you live in San Francisco, you will only receive a mailed ballot if you signed up for vote by mail. If you do receive a ballot, please do vote. I will not use this column to lobby for your vote…just to ask you to exercise your civic duty and vote. Vote your beliefs. It is actually a credit to the Filipino community that we tend to be divided in our opinions. That’s what makes a democracy, among other things. We agree to disagree sometimes and let the democratic process make a peaceful decision for us.

If you live in San Mateo County, you can go to smcacre.org to register to vote and look up your registration status. The deadline to register is 15 days before election, if you would like to cast your vote in this election.

The campaign is being covered by the national press, including Glamour Magazine (online), InStyle Magazine, and the HuffPost (previously the Huffington Post). Locally, Christina Laskowski and I will appear on Channel 29 in San Francisco, public access television in a program hosted by Myrna Lim.

This is turning out to be a lot of fun.

On a different note, I played hooky from my campaign for two hours to watch Crazy Rich Asians with my cousin and some of her friends. Kris Aquino comes out in the movie as a VIP guest at a wedding. She plays a fictional princess. But why didn’t she play herself? She is already a VIP in real life. I have never been to Singapore and the wealth seems shockingly over the top, even more ridiculous than here. It is basically the story of Cinderella with the rich prince, the not rich girl (who is an Economics professor at NYU), and a light blue dress. That’s how you know she’s Cinderella—the blue dress. Most important, the movie was a vehicle for Asian actors, actors we had seen in small parts in other shows—the shrewd coder from China in Silicon Valley or the funny guy from the Hangover. Maybe it’s the start of something—a new genre of movies that gives our broader minority a chance to accelerate the Hollywood careers of our own kind.

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