Dr. Judy Chu Wins in Special Election

judy_chu_victoryAs I had blogged earlier this week, Dr. Judy Chu and California State Senator Gil Cedillo — amongst others — were running for the vacated 32nd District Congressional seat, a seat dominated by Hispanics for nearly 27 years. On Tuesday, Chu garnered 32% of the votes versus Cedillo winning 23% of the vote. However, since Chu didn’t win by over 50%, there will be a special run-off election on July 14th, against Republican Betty Chu — her cousin-in-law and speculated by some blogs as receiving the nomination due to sharing the last name as Judy Chu — and Christopher Agrella, the Libertarian Party candidate. Since the district is heavily Democratic, Chu should win easily in July. Once Chu wins the special election, she’ll be the twelfth¬† Asian American in Congress, and the second Chinese American. So congratulations to Judy Chu on building a multi-ethnic winning coalition and best of luck to her in Congress!

(Image: Judy Chu, vice chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization, reacts to the crowd of supporters as she awaits election results at a restaurant in Covina. Image source: The Los Angeles Times).

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I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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