16 Philippine-Americans win in 2012 US Election

Sixteen Filipino-Americans won in the 2012 US elections, a television report said.

Among those who won was Robert Scott, who ran for an 11th term as representative of the Third District of Virginia. However, Marisha Agana of the Republican party, who sought a seat for the 13th district of Ohio, lost.

Most of the winning candidates ran in Hawaii.

A 2010 US census found that there are about 3.5 million Filipinos based in the US.

Earlier reports said that a total of 36 Filipino-Americans ran in the 2012 US elections.

Fifteen Filipino-Americans vied for state legislative seats in California, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. They were Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta (18th District); Chris Mateo (12th District) and Jennifer Ong (20th District), all Democrats who ran for seats in the California State Assembly; Will Sylianteng (151st District), a Democrat sought a seat in the Pennsylvania State House;

Henry Aquino (38th District); Romy Cachola (30th District); Gilbert Keith-Agaran (9th District); Della Au Belatti (24th District); Rida Cabanilla-Arakawa (41st District); Marissa Capelouto (42nd District); Ty Cullen (39th District); and Chris Manabat (40th District), all Democrats ran for the Hawaii House of Representatives; and Will Espero (19th District); Donna Mercado Kim (14th District); and Donovan de la Cruz (22nd District), also Democrats ran for seats in Hawaii's Senate.

Former Hawaii governor Ben Cayetano, the first Filipino-American governor in the US, was a strong contender for mayor of Honolulu while Kymberly Marcos Pine, Joey Manahan and Ron Menor also ran for seats in Honolulu's City Council.

Greggor Ilagan (4th District) and Chelsea Yagong (1st District) also ran for seats in the Hawaii County Council and Don Guzman for a seat in the Maui County Council.

In California, Jose Esteves ran for mayor of the city of Milpitas; Garry Barbadillo for a seat in the Milpitas City Council; Jim Navarro for a seat in the Union City Council; Hermy Almonte for a seat in the San Leandro City Council; and Stewart Chen for a seat in the Alameda City Council.


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