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A multicultural victory

A multicultural victory

Interfaith celebration at Rainier Community Center. (Photo by Rebecca Ip/SCP)

On June 8, Sen. Bob Hasegawa hosted an interfaith celebration of the passage of SB 5173, a Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 33 No 28 | 7/5-7/11Comments (0)

Top Contributor: Bob Hasegawa

Top Contributor: Bob Hasegawa

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Bob Hasegawa

By Ninette Cheng
Northwest Asian Weekly

Nov. 6 marked a special day for Bob Hasegawa: the lifelong labor rights champion was elected to his first term in Washington State Senate.

But Hasegawa is hardly new to politics. He has served six years as State Representative of Washington’s 11th District, representing Tukwila, the southern part of Renton, and Beacon Hill in Seattle. As senator, he will be replacing retiring senator, Margarita Prentice, and will be one of three minorities in the state senate. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Features, Profiles, Vol 31 No 48 | 11/24-11/30Comments (0)

Rep. Bob Hasegawa and Bobby Virk endorse each other for office

Rep. Bob Hasegawa and Bobby Virk endorse each other for office

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Bob Hasegawa (left) and Bobby Virk

By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

On March 12, Bobby Virk and Bob Hasegawa announced they are endorsing one another’s run for office. Hasegawa will vie for a state senate seat. Virk will vie for Hasegawa’s vacated seat in the state’s House. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Vol 31 No 12 | 3/17-3/23Comments (0)

EDITORIAL: Who should run: Hasegawa or Virk?

EDITORIAL: Who should run: Hasegawa or Virk?

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Bob Hasegawa (left) and Bobby Virk

This is not the first time that Asian American candidates have competed for the same political seat. Dr. Bobby Virk, an orthodontist, has announced his candidacy for the 11th District state senate seat, a seat that Rep. Bob Hasegawa has also filed for. They are both Democrats. The seat is being vacated by Sen. Margarita Prentice, who is retiring.
The 11th District includes Seattle’s Beacon Hill, South Park, and portions of Renton, Kent, Tukwila, Burien, and the SeaTac area.
Virk is of Indian descent and has never been in office. Last year, he considered running for the 11th District seat, but he changed his plans when Prentice announced her retirement. So far, he has raised more than $200,000 and has received the endorsement of the senate caucus.
Currently, Hasegawa and Virk are each trying to persuade the other not to run. If they both run, it could destroy the community’s unity and hurt both their chances of getting the seat, especially if a third party joins the race.
Who should drop out?
Hasegawa has name familiarity after running for re-election three times. He has served in the legislature since 2005 and has gained the support of many Asians, especially Japanese and Chinese Americans. Virk, Prentice’s former fundraising chair, has Prentice’s and Indian Americans’ support, as well as money in the bank. He predicts that he could raise another $100,000 by the end of April.
I don’t think either Hasegawa or Virk is going to sacrifice their campaign for the other person. And they shouldn’t have to. This is a free country. Both are qualified candidates who have big dreams. This is a chance for them to prove that they can compete. Let the voters make their choice.
Let’s think positively. It’s good news that Asian Americans are so passionate about public service. Years ago, Asian Americans had a hard time finding anyone willing to run. We should celebrate the fact that the Asian community is so progressive. Community members understand that if they don’t come to the table themselves, they will have no voice.
When Asians run against Asians, there’s always a silver lining. It creates a bigger buzz. People are galvanized. Asian Americans become better campaigners, especially young people. Campaigning is the best way to nurture young people who aim for political careers.
The history of Asians running against their own began in 1984. Bob Santos ran against Cheryl Chow for King County Council. This did split the Asian vote. Ron Sims won as a result. In 1991, Martha Choe ran against Betty Patu for Seattle City Council. Choe won overwhelmingly. The Asian vote is critical in a tight race. In 1997, two Asians ran for Seattle mayor, Charlie Chong and Cheryl Chow, in a crowded race of five candidates. Chow lost in the primary and Chong lost in the general election. Many Asian Americans voted for Paul Schell to be mayor.
However, Patu learned about political campaigns after her loss. Patu later beat Wilson Chin for the Seattle School Board race in 2009. It divided the Asian community, as Chin was a strong candidate. But Patu had a following after working as an educator for decades.
In every campaign, we grow as a community. We have evolved into a sophisticated political machine in terms of fundraising, voter participation, and building relationships with the mainstream. Let’s thank our candidates who have the courage to run and serve, whether they win or lose! (end)

Posted in Editorials, Vol 31 No 7 | 2/11-2/17Comments (0)

The results of the primaries – Which Asian Americans are moving ahead?

The results of the primaries – Which Asian Americans are moving ahead?

By Chinami Tajika
Northwest Asian Weekly

From left to right, top to bottom: Bob Hasegawa, Charles Allen, Chris Marr, Cindy Ryu, Diana Toledo, Doris Fujioka McConnell, Ketu Shah, Mike Park, Paull Shin, Shahram Hadian, Sharon Tomiko Santos, Steve Hobbs

The 2010 primary election took place on Aug. 17. The top two candidates who earned the most votes in the primary will move forward to the general election in November. Seven Asian Americans (out of 94 candidates) were able to move forward. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, News, Vol 29 No 35 | 8/28 - 9/3Comments (0)

Asian Americans to take city hall, even U.S. senate?

Asian Americans to take city hall, even U.S. senate?

By Lee Xie
Northwest Asian Weekly

It’s safe to say that there’s a shortage of Asians in government-related jobs, but here are some candidates who might change that. From senator hopefuls to judge contenders, here are the Asians in Washington running for office in 2010. Read the full story

Posted in Community News, Profiles, Vol 29 No 32 | 8/7-8/13Comments (3)

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