FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Thursday, June 25, 2015
Contact: Francine Busby, (760) 807-0399
Two statewide constitutional officers were in San Diego Wednesday night to advocate for the activation and mobilization of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.
California Treasurer John Chiang and Controller Betty Yee attended a fundraiser hosted by the San Diego Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Democratic Club at Common Theory Public House, a small business in the Convoy District owned by first-generation Asian Americans.
The goal of the fundraiser was to raise money to invest in a targeted canvassing and voter registration program in the highest-density AAPI precincts in San Diego County.
“AAPIs are the fastest growing community not just in the county, but statewide,” said Matt Yagyagan, President of the AAPI Democratic Club. “In San Diego County alone there 400,000 of us, and that number is growing.”
San Diego County is the second-largest voting population in the state. As the largest-growing population within that voting block, the AAPI community increasingly key to winning elections.
“This plan for voter outreach is exciting and locally unprecedented,” said Francine Busby, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. “We look forward to partnering with our AAPI Democratic Club to engage this important community throughout the county.”
Representing more 30 countries of origin and speaking over 100 languages, AAPI cultures add to the rich mix that makes California unique. However, their communities are largely underrepresented at all levels of government.
Speaking about the need to engage and activate AAPI voters, particularly young people, Treasurer Chiang said: “If you want the opportunities that were afforded to past generations, you have to be involved. You have to do the hard work, but this country, this state, will give you the opportunities.”
“We have to build upon the rich diversity we call San Diego and California,” added Controller Yee. “We are the face of the rest of the globe. We are strong, and we know how to work in coalitions. When we say opportunity, equality, and justice for all -- we mean it.”
The gathering raised more than $10,000 toward the voter outreach program, which is set to begin in the next month.
Pictured: Treasurer John Chaing, SDCDP Chair Francine Busby, and Controller Betty Yee