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More Than 160 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders From Across Virginia Endorse Terry McAuliffe for Governor


From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign:

More Than 160 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders From Across Virginia Endorse Terry McAuliffe for Governor

AAPI Leaders from Across Virginia Cite Terry’s Strong Record of Support and Unwavering Commitment to Lift Up All Virginians

MCLEAN, VA– More than 160 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from across Virginia today endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor, citing Terry’s strong record of support for the AAPI community and his demonstrated leadership and vision to lift up all Virginians. As Governor, Terry will create good paying jobs, make health care more affordable, invest in education, and continue his commitment to ensuring that all Virginians are treated with dignity and respect.

As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry held the first Asian American and Pacific Islander Summit at George Mason University in September 2017, bringing together members of his administration, members of the Virginia Asian Advisory Board, and AAPI community and business leaders to discuss issues of importance to the AAPI community. Terry also signed a law to strengthen anti-bullying protections for students in Virginia schools. Earlier this year, Terry hosted a virtual conversation with Virginia’s Asian-American leaders on combating the recent rise of anti-AAPI hate.

Earlier this year, Terry was endorsed by more than twenty AAPI elected officials and community leaders across the Commonwealth, as well as the AAPI Victory Fund, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, They See Blue, and South Asians for America (SAFA). More than 750,000 Virginians identify as part of the Commonwealth’s AAPI community, making up nearly 7.1% of Virginia’s total population. From 2012 to 2018, the number of eligible AAPI voters in Virginia grew 37%, with the AAPI community growing by 45% over the past 10 years.

“I endorse Terry McAuliffe for governor because Terry has plans to create good jobs, invest in education, and address the needs of the AAPI community. He has released a meaningful agenda to create greater opportunity for all Virginians and create a stronger, more welcoming Virginia going forward,” said Senator Ghazala Hashmi, the first Muslim woman elected to the Virginia General Assembly. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created real challenges across the Commonwealth and we need our next governor to be a strong leader who will take steps to address these challenges. I know that Terry will take practical steps to stand up against hate and make our communities thrive and that’s why I am proud to endorse him for governor.”

“Terry McAuliffe has a record of commitment to and accomplishments for Virginia’s AAPI community,” said Delegate Mark Keam, the first Korean American state legislator in Virginia. “Terry fights for the needs of all Virginians and that’s the kind of leadership that we need. I’m happy to endorse Terry McAuliffe, and I urge all AAPIs in Virginia to join me in voting for Terry as Governor.”

“Virginia’s AAPI community has been faced with economic hardships, increased discrimination and hate over the past year and a half, and we will need our next governor to provide steady leadership in partnership with our community as we recover from these challenges,” said Praveen Meyyan, Chair of Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia. “As a Virginian and a member of Virginia’s AAPI community, I have full faith in Terry McAuliffe as our next governor to listen to our concerns and work with leaders to meet the needs of AAPI Virginians.”

“I am honored to have the support of so many AAPI leaders from across our great Commonwealth. As Virginia’s 72nd governor, I was committed to making Virginia open and welcoming to all, and I promise to always uphold that commitment again as our next governor,” said Terry McAuliffe. “Together, we are going to move Virginia forward and build an even stronger economy that lifts up all Virginians. That means giving every Virginia child a world-class education, making health care more affordable, creating good paying jobs, and keeping our Commonwealth strong.”

Terry has released 18 detailed plans to strengthen Virginia’s education system and dramatically increase teacher pay, help secure Virginia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals, address the broken, predatory system of prescription drug pricingconfront the gun violence epidemic, make Virginia the best state in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Care (STEM-H) and computer science education, tackle the housing crisis in the Commonwealth and invest in Virginia’s workforce in the post-COVID economy, ensure Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health care, tackle climate change and secure Virginia’s clean energy future by 2035, lift up Black Virginians as the Commonwealth rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, further advance LGBTQ+ rights, reform Virginia’s criminal justice systemcreate a flourishing rural economy, support entrepreneurial ecosystems and tackle rising costs and meet the health care needs, make higher education more affordable and boost Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries.

Terry’s List of More than 160 AAPI Leaders Includes:

  • Congressman Bobby Scott, VA-03
  • Senator Ghazala Hashmi, Chesterfield County
  • Delegate Sam Rasoul, City of Roanoke
  • Delegate Kathy Tran, Fairfax County
  • Delegate Mark Keam, Fairfax County
  • Delegate Suhas Subramanyam, Loudoun County
  • Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, Virginia Beach
  • Mayor Jeanette Rishell, Manassas Park
  • City Council Member Naila Alam, Herndon
  • City Council Member Pradip Dhakal, Herndon
  • Council Member Haseeb Javed, Manassas Park
  • School Board Chairman At-Large Babur Lateef, Prince William County
  • School Board Member Atoosa Reaser, Loudoun County
  • School Board Member Harris Mahedavi, Loudoun County
  • School Board Member Dr. Peter Gur, Prince Edward County
  • School Board Member Rachna Sizemore Heizer, Fairfax County
  • Irene Shin, Democratic Nominee 86th district, Fairfax
  • Trudy Berry, Democratic Candidate for House District 61, Lunenburg County
  • Ramin Fatehi, Democratic Nominee, Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney, Norfolk
  • Leonard C. Tengco, Former Virginia Beach School Board Member, Vienna
  • Esther Lee, Former Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Fairfax County
  • Anthony Fung, Former Deputy Secretary of Technology, Richmond
  • Dr. Jennifer Lee, Former Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, Fairfax County
  • Sue Langley, Former Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair, Fairfax County
  • Shekar Narasimhan, Chairman and Founder AAPI Victory Fund, Fairfax County
  • Varun Nikore, President AAPI Victory Fund, Arlington
  • Praveen Meyyan, Chair of the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia
  • Ravi Chaudhary, Former Commissioner of the White House Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, Fairfax
  • Andrew Ko, Former Member of Virginia State Board of Education, Fairfax County
  • Anthony Gitalado, Former Member of Virginia Asian Advisory Board, Spotsylvania County
  • Jay Bhandari, President of GOPIO Virginia, Falls Church
  • Sreedhar Nagireddi, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, Loudoun County
  • Jalmeen Soni, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, McLean
  • Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, Arlington County
  • Rumy Mohta, Former Member of Asian American Advisory Board, Chesterfield
  • Margarita Mohta, Community Leader, Chesterfield
  • Milan Dalal, Director of Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia Board, City of Alexandria
  • Nicholas Gu, Co-Founder and Former President of Yorktown Young Democrats,York County
  • Sahil Chaudhury, Member of Fairfax County Health Systems Agency Board, Fairfax County
  • Kannan Srinivasan, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, Loudoun County
  • Radhika Murari, Founder of OmMade Peanut Butter, Reston
  • Satish Korpe, Founder of Indian Americans for Biden Harris, Alexandria
  • Julia Kim Chun, Korean Americans for Biden, McLean
  • Saddam Azlan Salim, South Asians for America, Falls Church
  • Y. Paul Chhabra, Member of Virginia Asian Advisory Board, City Suffolk
  • Manisha Singh, Pelatron Technology, Fairfax County
  • Venkat Kodumudi, Community Leader, Loudoun County
  • Adnan Bokhari, South Asians for America, Great Falls
  • Puja Khanna, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, Loudoun County
  • Sharad Tandale, Community Leader, Chantilly
  • Arman Latif, Businessman, Henrico County
  • Rajwinder Latif, Community Leader, Henrico County
  • Sangeeta Rao, AAPI Caucus Co-Chair of the Arlington Dems, Arlington County
  • Raheel Sheikh, Muslim Association of Virginia, Prince William County
  • Rose Chu, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, Arlington
  • Dewita Soeharjono, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, Arlington County
  • Chanda Choun, Community Leader, Arlington County
  • Ajay Mozar, Community Leader, Henrico County
  • Sweety Mozar, Community Leader, Henrico County
  • Anika Rahman, Second Vice Chair, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, Fairfax
  • Hyun Lee, Organization of Korean American Women, Centreville
  • Sunny Shah, Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, Roanoke County
  • Zahir Rasheed, Community Leader, Fairfax County
  • Zulfi Khan, Central Virginia Muslim Community, Henrico County
  • Nazir Bhagat, Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Fairfax County
  • Jay Challa, Co-Founder (past Chairman and CEO) Ace Info Solutions, Fairfax County
  • Nabeel Siddiqui, Student Leader, Midlothian
  • Anh Phan, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, City of Alexandria
  • Salaam Bhattu, Attorney, Henrico County
  • David Choi, Community Leader, Loudoun County
  • Jibran Muhammad, Muslim Association PACE, Fairfax County
  • Anjan Chimaladinne, Co-founder, Anshultech; Member, Board of Visitors George Mason University, Loudoun County
  • Adam Abutaa, Emgage VA, Fairfax County
  • Nadir Siddiqui, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
  • Aeshan Sheikh, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, Prince William County
  • Ann Ratnayake Macy, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, Chantilly
  • Ibrahim Moiz, Attorney and Small Business Owner, Loudoun County
  • Paul Igasaki, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, City of Alexandria
  • Kee Jun, Korean American Senior Service Association, Lorton
  • Rohan Ramesh, Community Leader, Loudoun County
    Rekha Nadkarni, Community Leader, McLean
  • Linh Hoang, Community Leader, Fairfax
  • Clarence Tong, Chair Alexanderia Democrats, Alexandria
  • Reggie Meneses, Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Fairfax
  • Tracy Comstock, Community Leader, McLean
  • Daniel Chun, Community Leader, Fairfax
  • Salinna Lor, Community Leader, Richmond
  • Tram Nguyen, Executive Director of New Virginia Majority, Richmond
  • Sidra Butt, Community Leader, Richmond
  • Jawad Bhatti, Community Leader, Richmond
  • Nira Harikrishnan, Community Leader, Ashburn
  • Saquib Samee, Community Leader, Glen Allen
  • Kulsoom Murtaza, Community Leader, Chester
  • Rayaan Faruqi, University of Virginia Alumnus, Chester
  • Nadeem Faruqi, American Medical Association, Chester
  • Raz Ahmadi, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
  • Sharon Kwon, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, Prince William County
  • Raziuddin Ali, Liberal Women of Chesterfield County, Chesterfield County
  • Rija Mughal, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
    Shawn Soares, Community Leader, Richmond
  • Christopher Nguyen, Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association, Fairfax
  • Bashir Chughtai, Volunteer for American Red Cross of Richmond and Member of the Islamic Center of Virginia, Chesterfield County
  • Aliya Farooq, Islamic Center Of Virginia and Governor’s Council on Environmental Justice, Chester
  • Shabina Shahnawaz, Henrico Democrats, Henrico County
    Ramesh Penmetsa, Community Leader, Henrico County
  • Mohammad Farooq, American Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent, Chester
  • Faraz Farooq, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
  • Fizza Farooq, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
  • Faheem Farooq, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
  • Nasim Asim, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
  • Muhammad Asim, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
  • Silvia Patton, Community Leader, Fairfax County
  • Shyamali Hauth, Fairfax County Democratic Party AAPI Caucus, Fairfax County
  • Qasim Rashid, Former Congressional Candidate, Stafford County
  • Arleen Paredes, Healthcare Worker, Richmond
  • Dil Bishkarma, Sully District Democratic Party, Fairfax County
  • Nikhil Menon, Community Leader, Henrico County
  • Shilpa Menon, Community Leader, Richmond
  • Ferdoushi Chowdhury, Asian American Society of Central Virginia, Henrico County
  • Sanjay Mittal, CEO of eHealthObjects Inc., Henrico County
  • Maria Hunley, Community Leader, Henrico County
  • Andrew Armada, Filipino American Association of Central Virginia, Henrico County
  • Alireza Ardalan, Community Leader, City of Virginia Beach
  • Binh Ly, Small Business Owner, Woodbridge
  • Murtaza “Murti” Khan, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
  • Owais Naeem, Healthcare Worker, Prince William County
  • Reza Omarzai, Healthcare Worker, Chesterfield County
  • Christy Omarzai, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
  • Dr. Roya Ardalan, Community Leader, City of Virginia Beach
  • Faiza Sadiq, Community Leader, Henrico County
  • Ishtiaq Raja, Community Leader, Henrico County
  • Momina Raja, Student Leader, Henrico County
  • Jamal Baig, Student Leader, Great Falls
  • Sogand Karimian, Healthcare Worker, Richmond
  • Matin Daneshyari, Community Leader, Richmond
  • Isha Iftikhar, Student Leader, Loudoun County
  • Kevin Han, Community Leader, McLean
  • Ranjodh Gill, Physician, Richmond
  • Saehee Perez, Virginia Young Democrats, Fairfax County
  • Nupa Agarwal, Cultural Center of India, Richmond
  • Chona O’Galvin, Virginia Beach Democratic Committee, City of Virginia Beach
  • Hannah Lee, Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus, Chantilly
  • Sophie Wong, Student at UVA, Loudoun County
  • Shahid Rahman, Community Leader, Arlington County
  • Veena Lothe, Emerge VA, Henrico
  • Hassan Ahmad, The HMA Law Firm PLLC, Loudoun County
  • Sonny Abbasi, Lawyer, Vienna
  • Susan Park, King George Democratic Committee, King George
  • Sabina Vohra, Community Leader, Henrico County
  • Hala Al-Tinawi, Community Leader, Chesterfield County
  • Jonathan Soohoo, Community Leader, Arlington County
  • Saira Siddiqui, Small Business Owner, Henrico County
    Narsimha Koppula, Community Leader, Vienna
  • Alice Tong, Former Member Virginia Asian American Advisory Board, Alexandria
  • Alan Krishnan, Community Leader, Oak Hill
  • Rose Fabia, Arlington Dems AAPI Caucus, Arlington
  • Nimmi Soares, Community Leader, Loudoun County
  • Marissa Noronha, Community Leader, Virginia Beach
  • Meera Pillai, Community Leader, Fairfax County
  • Javaria Masroor, Community Leader, Henrico County
  • Narie Kim, Community Leader, Loudoun County

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