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Biden for President Virginia Launches Asian American and Pacific Islanders for Biden Leadership Council to Mobilize Community Ahead of Election

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September 2, 2020

Biden for President Virginia Launches Asian American and Pacific Islanders for Biden Leadership Council to Mobilize Community Ahead of Election

Today, Biden for President Virginia is launching an Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) leadership council to mobilize AAPI voters across the Commonwealth. Recently, Joe Biden released his agenda to support AAPI communities in America and address the issues that disproportionately affect them, such as systemic racism and the direct impacts COVID-19 has had on AAPI communities in Virginia. The AAPIs for Biden Virginia council will provide a platform to address issues unique to Asian American and Pacific Islanders across the state.

“We are excited to launch the Asian American and Pacific Islanders for Biden leadership council to highlight how a Biden-Harris administration will tackle issues specific to AAPI communities, and make sure our voices are heard,” said Ravi Chaudhary, Virginia deputy coalitions director for AAPI voter outreach. “We have built an inspiring and inclusive coalition in Virginia, and we are ready to elect Joe Biden as president and make history electing Kamala Harris as our nation’s first AAPI Vice President. Together they will restore the soul of our nation, and AAPI voters in Virginia will play a critical role in ushering them into office.”

Below is a list of co-chairs of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders for Biden Council in Virginia:

  • Delegate Kelly Fowler (Virginia Beach)
  • State Senator Ghazala Hashmi (Midlothian)
  • Delegate Mark Keam (Vienna)
  • Prince William School Board Chairman Babur Lateef (Manassas)
  • Delegate Suhas Subramanyam (Sterling)
  • Esther Lee, CEO of Refraction (McLean)
  • Praveendharan Meyyan, chair of AAPI caucus for the Democratic Party of Virginia (Arlington)
  • Zakaria “Zaki” Al-Barzinji, former White House Senior Associate Director of Public Engagement
  • Anika Rahman, Second Vice Chair, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia
  • Dewita Soeharjono, Chair Emeritus, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia