Pictured at the 19th anniversary celebration of the Go For Broke Monument in Little Tokyo on June 2 are (from left) Rep. Mark Takano (R-Riverside), Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), and Go For Broke National Education Center CEO Mitch Maki. During his visit, Takano found the name of his great uncle Mon Takahashi, who died in combat in Massa, Italy five months before World War II ended, on the monument. “I thank him for the opportunity I have to serve in the United States Congress,” Takano said. Both Takano and Gomez placed first in their respective primaries on June 5. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)
Several Asian Pacific American candidates were on the ballot in the June 5 California primary, with mixed results. They include the following:
A total of 27 candidates competed for the top two spots in the battle to succeed termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown (D). As expected, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) finished in first place with 1,349,005 votes (33.4 percent) and advanced to the November election. Second place went to Republican businessman John Cox, who has been endorsed by President Trump, with 1,058,659 (26.2 percent).
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) was in third place with 544,456 (13.5 percent), followed by Assemblymember Travis Allen (R) with 392,077 (9.7 percent), State Treasurer John Chiang (D) with 362,426 (9 percent) and former Superintendent of Public Education Delaine Eastin (D) with 118,422 (2.9 percent).
“When we began this campaign two years ago, we knew it would be an uphill battle,” Chiang said a statement. “And while we may not be able to celebrate the victory we had hoped for tonight, we built a grassroots army we can all be proud of.
“We were up against incredible odds and a flood of special interest spending that totaled nearly $30 million from outside groups, yet we still challenged the front-runners up until the very end. We can hold our heads up high and know we never sacrificed our values because honesty and integrity matter.
“I’m proud of what we accomplished over the course of this campaign, and I hope you are too. Thank you for all your support. It means more to me than you know.”
Republican Peter Yuan Liu, an insurance agent and former candidate for Oakland mayor, was in ninth place with 18,260 (0.5 percent).
Betty Yee, the Democratic incumbent, received 60.9 percent of the vote (2,306,010). She was challenged by Republican Konstantinos Roditis, an entrepreneur, who received 1,325,178 (35 percent), and retired educator Mary Lou Finley of the Peace and Freedom Party, who received 154,287 (4.1 percent). Yee was first elected to the office in 2014, replacing Chiang. Previously, she was elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006.
Advancing to the runoff to succeed Chiang are Democrat Fiona Ma, a member of the Board of Equalization, with 1,641,114 (43.2 percent), and Republican businessman and CPA Greg Conlon with 834,917 (22 percent). Also running were Cudahy City Councilmember Jack Guerrero (R) with 749,401 (19.7 percent); Democrat Vivek Viswanathan, an advisor in the Governor’s Office, with 485,572 (12.8 percent); and retired steam engineer Kevin Akin of the Peace and Freedom Party with 84,832 (2.2 percent). Ma was elected to the Board of Equalization in 2014 and previously served in the State Assembly and on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
“I’m running for treasurer to make sure our state works for everyone,” said Ma. “As treasurer, I will make sure we have access to the capital necessary to complete the projects Californians deserve while also helping to create good jobs and keep our economy growing. This includes securing the financing necessary for California’s infrastructure projects — transportation, public schools, housing, water quality, and pollution reduction.”
Ma is seeking to be the 10th woman and sixth Asian American to be elected to statewide office in California.
Running in the fall to succeed Democrat Dave Jones (who ran for attorney general) as insurance commissioner are businessman Steve Poizner (no party preference), who received 1,509,758 (41.3 percent), and State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D), who received 1,486,843 (40.6 percent), Pulmonologist Dr. Asif Mahmood (D) was third with 475,709 (13 percent) and public school teacher Nathalie Hrizi (Peace and Freedom) was fourth with 185,848 (5.1 percent).
Board of Equalization
Running in the fall for the District 2 seat, currently held by Ma, are San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen (D), who received 374,319 (36.2 percent) and realtor Mark Burns (R), who received 295,742 (28.6 percent). State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani was third with 270,349 (26.1 percent) and Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang (D) was fourth with 93,595 (9.1 percent).
Out of eight candidates for the District 3 seat, the top two finishers were Republican chief financial officer G. Rick Marshall with 224,493 (27.3 percent) and Santa Monica City Councilmember Tony Vazquez (D) with 170,779 (20.8 percent). Auditor and reserve policeman Ben Pak (D) was in seventh place with 38,205 (3.4 percent).
Democratic incumbent Dianne Feinstein was the top vote-getter with 1,702,445 (43.8 percent), followed by a fellow Democrat, State Senate President Kevin de Leon, with 438,352 (11.3 percent). The 32 candidates included teacher, businessman and engineer Arun Bhumitra (R) with 206,902 (5.3 percent), Wells ARK founder and chief editor Ling Ling Shi (no party preference) with 14,169 (0.4 percent), and water scientist and civil rights activist Rash B. Ghosh (no party preference) with 6,956 (0.2 percent).
U.S. House of Representatives
6th Congressional District: Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) received 40,949 (87.1 percent) while her Democratic challenger, Jrmar Jefferson, received 6,062 (12.9 percent). Matsui was first elected in 2005.
Rep. Ami Bera
7th District: Rep. Ami Bera (D-Sacramento) received 34,122 (51.6 percent), followed by Republican CEO Andrew Grant with 21,753 (32.9 percent). Also running were cancer surgeon Yona Barash (R), 8,087 (12.2 percent); software developer Robert Christian “Chris” Richardson (Green), 1,249 (1.9 percent); and aerospace mechanical worker Reginald Claytor (no party preference), 865 (1.3 percent). Bera was first elected in 2012.
12th District (San Francisco): House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D), who had six challengers, was far in the lead with 86,696 (68.5 percent), followed by Republican Lisa Remmer with 12,613 (10 percent). Lawyer, advocate and artist Shahid Buttar (D) was third with 9,809 (7.8 percent).
16th District: Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) received 24,139 (52.9 percent). He is being challenged by Republican Elizabeth Heng, a small business owner, who received 21,491 (47.1 percent).
17th District (parts of Santa Clara and Alameda counties): Democratic incumbent Ro Khanna received 36,379 (59.1 percent), followed by Republican Ron Cohen with 15,233 (24.8 percent). Democrat Khanh Tran was third with 4,670 (7.6 percent), followed by Democratic and Libertarian candidates. Khanna defeated Democratic incumbent Mike Honda in 2016.
22nd District: Incumbent Devin Nunes (R-Clovis), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, received 42,554 (57.9 percent). He will be in a runoff with Andrew Janz, a Thai American deputy district attorney in Fresno County, who received 23,555 (32 percent). Another Asian American Democrat, Bobby Bliatout, the CEO of Fresno-based community clinics, was third with 3,411 (4.6 percent), followed by Democratic, Libertarian and no-party-preference candidates.
27th District (parts of Los An