APA Candidates Have a Significant Presence in June Primary

Rafu Staff Report

Several Asian Pacific American candidates ran for congressional and state legislative seats in the June 7 primary.

A number of them will advance to the November general election under the current system, in which a runoff is held between the top two finishers even if they are from the same party.

Following are some of the California results as of Wednesday afternoon:


California Attorney General Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris


U.S. Senate

In the race to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is retiring, Attorney General Kamala Harris was first in a field of 34 candidates with 2,051,048 votes (40.3 percent). Her closest competitor, whom she will face in the November general election, is fellow Democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez with 943,002 (18.5 percent). If elected, Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican heritage, would be California’s first African American and first female Asian American senator.

U.S. House of Representatives


Rep. Mike Honda and challenger Ro Khanna

Rep. Mike Honda and challenger Ro Khanna


In the 6th Congressional District, which includes parts of Sacramento and Yoo counties, the Democratic incumbent, Doris Matsui, was in first place with 61,518 votes (71.0 percent), followed by Republican Robert “Bob” Evans with 16,166 (18.7 percent). Democrat Jrmar Jefferson and no-party-preference candidates Mario Galvan and Yuriy Seretskiy trailed in single digits. Matsui was first elected in 2005.

In the 7th Congressional District, which covers part of Sacramento County, incumbent Ami Bera, a Democrat, led with 55,922 votes (53.3 percent) and Republican challenger Scott Jones received 48,921 (46.7 percent). Bera was first elected in 2012.

In the 17th Congressional District, which includes parts of Santa Clara and Alameda counties, incumbent Mike Honda and challenger Ro Khanna, both Democrats, were neck-and-neck with 33,785 (38.3 percent) and 33,608 (38.1 percent), respectively, and both will advance to the general election. Republicans Ron Cohen and Peter Kuo, Democrat Pierluigi Oliverio, and Libertarian Kennita Watson finished in single digits. Honda, who was first elected in 2000, defeated Khanna in a hotly contested race in 2014. Honda has served in the Assembly and on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, among other public offices. Khanna served as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is a lecturer in economics at Stanford University. Kuo is a Farmer’s Insurance Agency owner, entrepreneur and business consultant.

In the 27th Congressional District, which includes parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, Democratic incumbent Judy Chu was first with 67,318 votes (65.9 percent) to Republican Jack Orswell’s 29,057 (28.4 percent). Tim Sweeney (NPP) was far behind in third place. Chu, who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, was first elected in 2009.


Rep. Ted Lieu

Ted Lieu


In the 33rd Congressional District, which covers western Los Angeles County, Democratic incumbent Ted Lieu was in the lead with 92,441 votes (69.1 percent) and Republican Kenneth Wright had 41,314 (30.9 percent). Lieu was first elected in 2014.

In the 41st Congressional District (Riverside County), Democratic incumbent Mark Takano led with 36,700 votes (62.8 percent), followed by Republicans Doug Shepherd with 10,864 (18.6 percent), Randy Fox with 9,157 (15.7 percent), and Cody Ryan with 1,701 (2.9 percent). Takano was first elected in 2012.

In the 46th Congressional District, which covers part of Orange County, Democrat Lou Correa was first with 24,184 votes (41.6 percent), followed by Republican Bob Peterson with 8,446 (14.5 percent), Democrat Bao Nguyen with 7,954 (13.7 percent) and Democrat Joe Dunn with 7,414 (12.8 percent). Republicans Lynn Schott, Louie Contreras and Rodolfo Rudy Gaona and no-party-preference candidate Nancy Trinidad Marin were in single digits. Nguyen is the mayor of Garden Grove.

In the 50th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Diego and Riverside counties, Republican incumbent Duncan Hunter led with 55,311 votes (57.2 percent), followed by Democrat Patrick Malloy with 20,987 (21.7 percent), Democrat David Secor with 10,866 (11.2 percent), Republican Scot Meisterlin with 6,630 (6.9 percent) and NPP candidate H. Fuji Shioura with 2,988 (3.1 percent). Shioura said that “FUJI” stands for “Family, Unity, Jesus, Integrity.”

State Senate

In the 3rd Senate District, which includes parts of Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties, Democrat Bill Dodd was first with 66,340 votes (37.1 percent), followed by Democrat Mariko Yamada, a former member of the Assembly, with 52,017 (29.1 percent), Republican Greg “Coach” Coppes with 41,607 (23.3 percent) and Democrat Gabe Griess with 18,818 (10.5 percent).


Alan Nakanishi

Alan Nakanishi


In the 5th Senate District, which includes parts of Sacramento, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, Democratic incumbent Cathleen Galgiani was first with 58,581 votes (56.8 percent), Republican Alan Nakanishi had 28,743 (27.9 percent) and Republican Samuel Anderson had 15,799 (15.3 percent). Nakanishi is a member of the Lodi City Council and a former member of the Assembly.


Jane Kim

Jane Kim


In the 11th Senate District, which includes San Francisco and part of San Mateo County, Democrat Scott Wiener was ahead with 83,310 votes (46.0 percent), Democrat Jane Kim had 79,682 (44.0 percent), and Republican Ken Loo had 17,927 (9.9 percent). Both Wiener and Kim serve on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Loo has worked as a firefighter and as a health and public safety consultant for businesses and nonprofits.