FilAms in Donald Trump’s AAPI advisory committee

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Column 1: Ron Falconi, Ron Villanueva Middle column: Sean Reyes Column 3: Herman Martir, Steve Austria

Column 1: Ron Falconi, Ron Villanueva
Middle column: Sean Reyes
Column 3: Herman Martir, Steve Austria

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has announced his Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee.

The women and men – including five Filipino Americans — on the committee are elected, appointed and grassroots leaders who will engage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) on relevant issues to these important and vibrant communities, according to a press statement.

The FilAms who were appointed to the advisory committee include former Congressman Steve Austria; Brunswick, OH Mayor Ron Falconi; Pastor Herman Martir; Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes; and Virginia Delegate Ron Villanueva.

Governors Eddie Calvo and Ralph Torres of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) respectively, will serve as the committee’s co-chairs.

The committee members will support and strengthen ties to each community and provide recommendations on how best to ensure AAPI voices are heard and included in the Campaign. Furthermore, the committee’s formation represents Mr. Trump’s and Governor Pence’s commitment to AAPI communities. Mr. Trump and Governor Pence will meet with members of the committee and AAPI leaders to discuss growing concerns over educational opportunities, employment and the economy, which are of paramount concern to AAPI families across this nation. Mr. Trump understands the critical role Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders play in the growing and providing for an energetic economic base which has been lacking over the past eight years of Obama/Clinton policies.

“Mr. Trump’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Advisory Committee is a great addition to the vibrancy of his campaign,” said Brunswick, Ohio Mayor Ron Falconi. “His ability to connect with everyday Americans is a testament of his character, and what he wants to do to bring America forward from the past eight years.”

Dr. Lisa Shin said, “The Trump/Pence ticket will bring meaningful change to Washington. No longer will DC bureaucrats decide what’s best for Asian American and Pacific Islander families. Supporting Mr. Trump and Governor Pence will allow AAPIs to truly have a voice in how we want to educate our families and raise our children.”

Advisory committee members include:
Mr. James Aldan Ada, NMI
Mr. Puneet Ahluwalia, Virginia
Honorable Steve Austria, Ohio
Governor Eddie Calvo, Guam (Co-Chair)
Honorable Anh Joseph Cao, Louisiana
Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Washington, DC
Mr. David Cohen, California
Mr. Ron Falconi, Ohio
Dr. Paul Jhin, California
Mr. Hossein Khorram, Washington
Dr. Paul Hsu, Florida
Mr. KV Kumar, California
Mr. Shalabh Kumar, Illinois
Mr. Cliff Zhonggang Li, Florida
Mr. Paul Lim, Maryland
Pastor Herman Martir, Texas
Ms. Monica Lee Morrill, Pennsylvania
Mr. Andy Nguyen, Texas
Ms. Keiko Orrall, Massachusetts
Honorable Sean Reyes, Utah
Dr. Lisa Shin, New Mexico
Ambassador Sichan Siv, Texas
Honorable Michelle Park Steel, California
Honorable Ralph Torres, NMI (Co-Chair)
Dr. Marina Tse, California
Mr. Derek Uehara, Nevada
Dr. Helen Van Etten, Kansas
Honorable Ron Villanueva, Virginia
Mr. Harry Walia, Florida
Mr. David Tian Wang, California
Honorable Martha Wong, Texas –

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