A few days from now, the mid-term elections will be held. It has long been clear to us that the Nov. 6 political exercise will be hugely important, especially for the Fil-Am community,
Every so often, Philippine News endorses candidates for political office. Some have been Republicans, some have been Democrats. This newspaper prides itself in being politically independent. As such we are free to endorse men and women running for public office based on their qualifications, and the support we feel they can extend to our community.
Some say next week’s elections can send a message to President Donald Trump, be it a positive message of support or a negative message of disapproval.
We do not agree. These are mid-term elections. Every state, every district, every city and town will be electing officials that must take cognizance of the particular needs of their particular constituencies. We can pass judgment on President Trump when he runs for reelection two years from now.
This year we are proud to endorse a wide group of candidates, many of whom are Fil-Ams.
To be clear, we do not endorse them simply because of their racial stock. That would be a mistake. We must first be convinced that these men and women will do a better job than the opponents they face.
We are under no illusion that our endorsement will miraculously turn the tide in favor of our preferred candidates who are facing uphill climbs. But we feel that they need our wholehearted support, particularly those who aim to break glass barriers.
As the state of California has always been the home of Philippine News, we can rightfully claim that we know the needs of our state best. As such, we are herewith endorsing the following men and women, to wit:
US Senate Kevin De Leon
Governor Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Gov. EleniKoulanakis
Treasurer Fiona Ma
Controller Betty Yee
Attorney General Xavier Becerra
Insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara
Secretary of State Alex Padilla
State of Equalization Malia Cohen
Then there are the various counties which have large pockets of Fil-Am voters. Many of these bets are known to us personally, and we can vouch for their ability to get the job done.
Alameda State Assembly Rob Bonta
County Assessor Phong La
Union City council Pat Gacoscos
Alameda City council Stewart Chen
Alameda School Board Mia Bonta
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
Oakland City council District 6 Marlo Rodriguez
Santa Clara County
County Sheriff John Hirokawa
Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves
City council Gary Barbadillo
Contra Costa County
El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
San Mateo County
Daly City Council Ray Beunaventura
Pam Di Giovanni
Assembly District #19 Phil Ting
South San Francisco City Council MarkNagales
Assembly District #22 Christina Laskowski
Congress Christina Osmena
Whoever you, our dear readers, opt to give your precious votes to, we hope that when the winners and losers are known, we all get together and work for the common good of our community.
The important thing is to exercise your right of suffrage. On Nov. 6, please go out and vote wisely.