Democrat Janice Hahn resoundingly defeated Tea Party Republican Craig Huey with a margin of 54.56% to 45.44% in the Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Special General Election in Congressional District 36.

The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus congratulates Congress Member-Elect Hahn and all the staff, volunteers, and supporters for their hard work in defeating the extremist Tea Party agenda in the South Bay.

The voters of Congressional District 36 were victorious in shunning Huey supporters’ appalling misleading smear campaigns and heinous voter turnout suppression schemes by electing a proven leader who will stand up for our communities, protect critical services, and fight for the people of South Bay in Congress.

We look forward to working with Congress Member-Elect Janice Hahn to move South Bay forward. Again, congratulations!

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Earlier Statement

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LOS ANGELES – California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (CDP API Caucus), API elected leaders, and activists across Southern California mobilized for Janice Hahn for Congress, going door-to-door urging voters in Congressional District 36 to vote for Janice Hahn in the Special General Election on July 12.

State Senator Ted Lieu and Assemblymember Warren Furutani rallied CDP API Caucus grassroots activists and volunteers from Los Angeles and Orange Counties who gathered at the Janice Hahn campaign headquarters in Torrance.

“This election, the choice is clear: Janice Hahn for Congress. Hahn is the only qualified candidate for Congress with the experience and expertise to represent District 36. She is an outstanding leader who is not afraid to stand up to special interests and fight for the working families and children to protect the critical services that our community desperately needs. On Election Day, I urge all South Bay voters to vote for Janice Hahn: she is the voice we need in Congress,” said Sen. Ted Lieu.

Several API Democratic organizations joined the voter outreach efforts, including CDP Filipino American Caucus, Filipino American Los Angeles Democrats, Korean American Democratic Committee, and Asian Pacific Islander Democrats of Orange County.

“As a City Councilmember representing one of the most diverse districts in Los Angeles, Janice Hahn understands the needs and struggles of immigrant and minority communities. As a Congress Member, she will be a fighter standing up for affordable housing, creating jobs, and making sure that the voices of minority communities are heard in Congress. I urge Asian Pacific Islander voters and all voters alike to choose wisely: Janice Hahn for Congress,” said Asm. Warren Furutani, Chair of the California API Legislative Caucus.

Hahn’s Tea Party Republican opponent spent more than half million dollars to win a second place finish in the Special Primary Election in order to head into the Special General Election. His campaign and supporters have engaged in an appalling and misleading smear campaign against Hahn.

“The Tea Party Republicans are banking on low Democratic turnout in this Special Election to capture this critical Congressional seat and advance their extremist agenda. They spent more than half-million dollars to make it to the Special General Election against Hahn. We must not let another wealthy Republican buy his way to public office, trample on the interests of average Americans, and roll back the progress that Democrats have made. We must make sure Janice Hahn wins on July 12,” said Clark Lee, Chair of the CDP API Caucus.

The Congressional District 36 Special General Election is on Tuesday, July 12. Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. For polling place and Election Day information, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s website at www.lavote.net. Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by Election Day; they can be turned in at any polling place on Election Day.

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