Several Asian Americans are vying for seats on the L.A. City Council, as the March 3rd local elections for Los Angeles County approach. An Asian American victory would mark the first time in 22 years that an Asian American has sat on the L.A. City Council.
The Asian American candidates for the election include:David Ryu, Grace Yoo (pictured), and Nadine Diaz. Ryu, new appointee to the California State Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees, seeks to represent LA’s Council District 4, planning to succeed termed-out Council Member Tom LaBonge.
Unlike Ryu, Yoo lacks the political connections and experience, but has a strong background in Asian American community work, as she was a part of the Korean American movement battling for redistricting that avoided “diluting the voting power” of Asian Americans.
Diaz’s background differs from that of the other two Asian American candidates as well, as her career focus has primarily been in the medical industry, serving as the recruitment manager at the USC Memory and Aging Center.
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