In a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, CAPA21 endorsed the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus’s request that the Governor appoint an Asian Pacific Islander as California’s next Attorney General. The text of our letter is below.
Dear Governor Newsom:
The AAPI political action committee CAPA21 endorses and supports the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus’s request that you appoint an Asian Pacific Islander as California’s next Attorney General, including but not limited to the following outstanding individuals:
Assemblymember Rob Bonta
Assemblymember David Chiu
Assemblymember Ash Kalra
Congressman Ted Lieu
CAPA21 also endorses the API Legislative Caucus’s support for Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, or Mayor Robert Garcia to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by VP-elect Kamala Harris.
Should a vacancy be created in the Secretary of State office, CAPA21 requests you appoint Evan Low to the position. Evan’s skills and experience make him exceptionally qualified to lead the department making government more transparent and accessible to the people in the areas of elections, business, political campaigning, legislative advocacy, and historical treasures.
Evan has been a trailblazer and an effective legislator tackling some of the greatest challenges facing California. He made history by becoming the first Asian American, openly gay, and one of the youngest people ever elected to Campbell’s City Council. He made history again when he was elected as Mayor of Campbell and became the youngest Asian American Mayor in the country. In 2014, when he was elected to represent California’s 28th Assembly district, he became the youngest Asian American legislator to be elected to the Assembly in state history.
Evan has been a leader on a diverse range of issues including job creation, affordability, environmental protection, marriage equality and civil rights, transparency in government, and fiscal reform. He is a leader in the Assembly, serving as the Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, co-chair of the Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus, chair of the Business and Professions Committee, and a Parliamentarian of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.
The CAPA21 political action committee is descended from the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, founded in 1988 as one of the country’s first AAPI political action organizations. The original CAPA was a pioneering organization in the AAPI community during a time when we had so few AAPIs in elected office, both in California and at the national level. We started the next-generation CAPA21 in 2014 to help shape a country where AAPIs have a powerful presence and role in all branches and levels of government and politics, achieved through AAPI voters who are engaged, informed, and empowered.
It is from this legacy of advancing our AAPI communities that we urge your appointment of AAPIs to state Attorney General, state Secretary of State, and U.S. Senator from California.
Glen S. Fukushima