As the November election approaches rapidly, I am continuing to blog about Asian Americans running for public office as well as Asian American involvement in politics. A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending a fundraiser for Otto Lee, with Asian American community activist Yul Kwon as one of the hosts, as well as San Mateo County Board of Education member Rod Hsiao in attendance (more on him in the future). I first met Lee several years ago at the first Democratic National Committee’s 2006 AAPI Leadership Summit in San Jose, CA.
Otto Lee is currently on the Sunnyvale, California City Council and former Vice Mayor and Mayor of the city. Lee is currently running for Santa Clara County Supervisor, District 3 (which covers North Sunnyvale, Milpitas, and North San Jose (Berryessa and Evergreen)).
Lee is extremely qualified for the position and is endorsed by US Congress members Mike Honda, Anna Eshoo, and Ellen Tauscher and by Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, the County Deputy Sheriff Association, Milpitas Police Officer’s Association, Sunnyvale Public Safety Officer’s Association.
Additionally, something that you don’t see too many Asian Americans involved in (at least I haven’t), Lee has been in the U.S. Navy Reserve for more than 19 years, and served in Operations Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom aka Iraq War.
I hope you consider voting for Lee as well as contribute to his campaign at: http://www.ottolee.org/contribute.html