April 26, 2019

APANO May 2019 Candidate Endorsements

There’s an election this May 2019! This May, voters elect some of the most important policymakers in our local government -- School Board members! Folks who set curriculum (from ethnic studies to healthcare) and teacher pay, determine budgets and funding, and create policies from free lunch for all to combat hate speech and discrimination.

In February 2019, APANO publicly announced our 2019 May Special Election Candidate Endorsement process for 7 races for the May 21, 2019 Primary Election. Through a months-long process of research, reflection, and real-time conversations with candidates and our community, APANO has worked to inform our community of the importance of local school board elections to build AAPI Political Power -- by asking voters and our supporters to elect candidates who care about representation, who care about human dignity, and share our APANO values.

Building on our successes from the last round of School Board elections in May 2017 -- which saw six APANO-endorsed School Board candidates elected, including four women of color -- this year APANO is excited to support 7 women candidates, 8 candidates of color, including 3 API candidates, a former refugee and now community organizer, and several incumbent electeds who have demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of our API communities in the greater Portland area!

APANO May 2019 Primary Endorsement Slate

  • APANO endorses Sumitra Chhetri for Centennial School Board (Position 3; At-large election)
  • APANO endorses See Eun Kim for Hillsboro School District (Position 4; At-large election)
  • APANO endorses Yadira Martinez for Hillsboro School District (Position 7; At-large election)
  • APANO endorses Tya Ping for Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District (Position 5; At-large election)
  • APANO endorses Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg for Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District (Position 3; At-large election)
  • APANO endorses Heidi Edwards for Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District (Position 4; At-large election)
  • APANO endorses Shanice Clarke for Portland Public Schools (Position 2, At-large election)
  • APANO endorses Alex Diaz Rios for Portland Community College Board (Zone 7 - Hillsboro)
  • APANO endorses Raul Marquez for Salem-Keizer School District (Zone 2; At-large election)
  • APANO endorses David Salinas for Salem-Keizer School District (Zone 4; At-large election)

Learn more about these candidates and why APANO endorsed them!

At APANO, we aim to build community together, provide advocacy tools and political education, share stories that only we can tell, and fight for API political power. If you believe in a world where more people are involved in our politics, not less, then come join APANO as we campaign for change. Here are a few ideas on how to join us:

TALK TO VOTERS: In particular, we’re excited to campaign for our API candidates Tya Ping (THPRD Position 5), See Eun Kim (Hillsboro School District Position 4) and Sumitra Chhetri (Centennial School District Position 3), to grow our collective Asian and Pacific Islander elected power in the state. Join fellow APANO members as we talk to our community about the May 21, 2019 Special Elections!

DONATE: If you believe in what we’re doing to build API political power here in Oregon, consider investing in and supporting APANO with a donation so we can take this work to more people and more places.

UPDATE/REGISTER TO VOTE: Oregonians (that are 16 years old or older and U.S. citizens) can now register to vote online in any of these languages. The DEADLINE to REGISTER for this May election is April 30, 2019:


Español Spanish

中文 Chinese

Tiếng Việt Vietnamese

Soomaali Somali

русский Russian

We are excited to elect officials that better represent us! If you want to learn more or get involved with our growing political program, please do not hesitate to contact us at robin@apano.org

Forward together,

Robin Ye

Political Director

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