APA Candidates in Statewide, Legislative Races


Gubernatorial candidate John Chiang greets union carpenters during a campaign event in San Francisco.


Several Asian Pacific American candidates are on the ballot in the June 5 California primary. They include the following:

Governor

A total of 27 candidates from five parties are competing for the top two spots in the battle to succeed termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Campaign strategists expect that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will finish in first place and advance to the November election, setting up a battle for second place between former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), businessman John Cox (R) and Assemblymember Travis Allen (R). Two other Democrats, State Treasurer John Chiang and former Superintendent of Public Education Delaine Eastin, are considered top candidates.

Chiang was elected to a four-year term as state treasurer in 2014. He had previously served two terms as state controller (2007-2015). Prior to that, Chiang served two terms on the state Board of Equalization (1997-2007). Before launching his political career, Chiang worked as an attorney specializing in tax law with the office of the state controller and the Internal Revenue Service.

The son of immigrants from Taiwan, Chiang was born in New York City and grew up in Chicago. He earned a degree in finance from the University of South Florida and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. After moving to Los Angeles in 1987, he became involved with the Democratic Party. He worked as a tax law specialist for the IRS, an attorney for State Controller Gray Davis, and a staff member for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

As a gubernatorial candidate, Chiang has touted a stand he took