The results from Detroit’s 6th district Democratic primary show promise for one politician aiming to be the first Asian American woman to serve in Michigan’s state legislature, reports the Detroit Free Press.
Stephanie Chang, a Michigan native of Taiwanese descent, won the primary election Tuesday with 47% of the vote, defeating six other candidates. She is expected to win November’s general election in her heavily Democratic district.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Chang served as an assistant to Detroit activist Grace Lee Boggs and worked with Hmong and Bangladeshi American youths through the Detroit Asian Youth Project. As an established community organizer, Chang co-founded APIA Vote-Michigan in 2007, a nonpartisan organization promoting civic participation, advocacy and education among Asian Americans.
The district’s current representative, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, also made history in 2009 when she became the first Muslim American to serve in Michigan’s legislature.
You can read more about the election and the results in the Detroit Free Press.