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Press Release: November 3, 2021

APAICS Statement on the 2021 Elections

WASHINGTON—APAICS is proud to announce that over 150 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) candidates ran for office in the 2021 election cycle, several of whom have participated in APAICS’ leadership training. Every year, APAICS builds a comprehensive database of candidates through its AAPI Candidate Pipeline where it monitors general election results across the nation, including mayoral races in Boston, Cincinnati and Seattle along with state and local races nationwide.

APAICS president and CEO Madalane Xuan-Trang Mielke release the following statement:

“APAICS congratulates Michelle Wu and Aftab Pureval on their respective victories to become the first Asian American mayor in Boston and Cincinnati. AAPI candidates ran historic races, and have increased the number of AAPI mayors in America’s Top 100 cities from six to eight. Michelle Wu is also the first woman to be elected as mayor in Boston.

“We applaud all the AANHPI candidates that made the brave decision to run for public office this cycle, which is made possible by the support of our community. The AANHPI electorate body is the fastest-growing group in the United States, and APAICS is committed to continuing to provide resources and training, including increasing the number of female candidates through our Women’s Collective, for those interested in running for office.”

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The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.