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

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 systemand 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 educationmore 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, ViennaSusan 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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