Elaine Tso, ASIA Board Member, recently attended the 2nd APIAVote Presidential Town Hall on July 21, 2012 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The Obama and Romney campaigns were invited to address issues that impact the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Although President Obama and Governor Romney were not available to attend the Town Hall meeting, each campaign was represented. Representative Mike Honda from California spoke on behalf of Obama, while Virginia Congressman Tom Davis responded on behalf of Romney.
Groups from at least 20 states—including California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia—attended in person, while viewing parties were also arranged to watch the Town Hall simultaneously from around the United States. The campaigns were asked questions regarding their positions on topics ranging from health care to immigration reform, as well as affordable college opportunities and neighborhood revitalization and housing stability. Elaine had the opportunity to ask about workforce investment and economic development programs, as well as access to capital for small businesses. Everyone was encouraged to increase civic participation and voter engagement from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation.