Asian Americans Run: Alex Lee, Candidate for CA State Assembly, District 25

Alex Lee (Photo Credit: Alex Lee for State Assembly)

Once again, a record number of Asian Americans are running for public office at the local, state, and national level.

Every week, Reappropriate will profile progressive Asian American candidates for higher office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2020 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.


What is your full name?
Alex Lee (李天明)

What office are you seeking?
California State Assembly District 25

When is the election date?
November 3, 2020

What is your party registration (if any)?
Democratic

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Biden Announces Release of Campaign Staff Diversity Report at AAPI Presidential Townhall

Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged at today’s AAPI Presidential Townhall that he would release a report on the diversity of his campaign staff. Immediately following the event, his campaign issued a report showing that more than one-third of staff (including one-third of senior staff) are people of colour, and more than half are women.

Biden has faced criticism in recent days for failing to disclose the diversity of his campaign staff despite boasting during the primary that had “the most diverse campaign staff of anybody running.” Critics have pointed out that Biden’s top advisors appear to be mostly white. As recently as a few days ago, Biden’s campaign has inexplicably refused to release its diversity numbers. With today’s announcement, Biden’s campaign reported 36% of people working in leadership roles are people of colour, and 58% are women. Biden’s campaign further noted that several senior staffers are Asian American and/or Pacific Islander, including his Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, National Voter Protection Director, Digital Chief of Staff, Director of Digital Partnership, and Surrogates Director.

Less than a day after Biden’s campaign released their diversity report, Trump’s campaign also released a report on staffer diversity. Trump reports that 52% of his campaign’s senior staffers are women, and 25% are people of colour.

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Trump Signs Sweeping Executive Order To Suspend Non-Permanent Work Visas

President Donald Trump

The White House announced today that President Trump has signed an Executive Order that would suspend the issuing of several classes of work visas for non-permanent visitors to the United States.

The visa classes targeted for suspension will include: H1-B (highly-skilled workers), H2-B visa (low-skilled workers), J-1 (highly-skilled students, trainees, and teachers), L (intracompany transfers) and H4 (spouses of H1-B holders). The issuance of new visas in these classes will be suspended until December 31, 2020. Trump had previously ordered a temporary halt to new green cards for 60 days beginning in April, but had not previously targeted temporary work visas.

The White House claimed that the move is intended to preserve American jobs in the wake of high unemployment rates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Trump administration attacks on legal immigration pre-date the COVID-19 outbreak, and he campaigned on a platform of xenophobia and nativism. Thus, the White House appears to be seizing the Coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to advance hardline anti-immigrant policies.

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Asian Americans Run: Qasim Rashid, Candidate for US House of Representatives, VA-01

Qasim Rashid (Photo credit: Rashid for VA)

Once again, a record number of Asian Americans are running for public office at the local, state, and national level.

Every week, Reappropriate will profile progressive Asian American candidates for higher office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2020 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.


Qasim Rashid is endorsed by Run for Something, which recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench. Since its launch on inauguration day 2017, they’ve recruited 16,000 young people to run for office.


What is your full name?
Qasim Rashid

What office are you seeking?
US House of Representatives, VA-01

When is the election date?
Primary: June 23
General: Nov. 3

What is your party registration (if any)?
Democratic, seeking party nomination.

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Asian Americans Run: Emily Weber, Candidate for MO House of Representatives, District 24

Emily Weber (Photo credit: Emily for Missouri)

Once again, a record number of Asian Americans are running for public office at the local, state, and national level.

Every week, Reappropriate will profile progressive Asian American candidates for higher office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2020 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.


Emily Weber is endorsed by Run for Something, a group that recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench. Since its launch on inauguration day 2017, they’ve recruited 16,000 young people to run for office.


What is your full name?
Emily Weber

What office are you seeking?
Missouri House of Representatives District 24. This is an open seat and I’m in a 3-way primary.

When is the election date?
August 4 for the Primary
November 3 for the General

What is your party registration (if any)?
Democrat

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