It's Filipino Time! Filipino Americans Win in U.S. Elections

A flyer celebrating  Filipino American candidates recently elected into political office.
(Photo: Filipino American Community Forum)

Nationwide, we had an unprecedented 40 candidates with 26 winners! Awesome! This is the most candidates we've had in an election cycle. Quite an impressive roster of FilAms who won in California, Hawaii, Illinois and Virginia. So let's celebrate!

Indeed, it's our time. It's Filipino time!

Let's toast all the candidates' campaign efforts, give our support to those who won and start the conversation for the next election cycle.

ELECTED: California

  1. Christopher Cabaldon - re-elected Mayor of City of West Sacramento
  2. Jim Navarro - re-elected for City Council of Union City
  3. Jess Malgapo - garnered enough votes to qualify for Erin Hannigan's Vallejo City Council seat which she will vacate for Supervisor D1
  4. Jose Esteves - re-elected Mayor of the City of Milpitas
  5. Rob Bonta - won a seat in the CA State Assembly D18
  6. Rudy Nasol - elected Trustee of San Jose/Evergreen Community College District, Area1
  7. Stewart Chen - garnered enough votes to qualify for Rob Bonta's Alameda City Council seat which Rob will vacate for CA AD18
  8. Tony Daysog - elected to the Alameda City Council
  9. Vince Songcayawon - elected to the Evergreen School District Board
  10. Wendy Ho - ran uncontested and is elected San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Trustee.


  1. Delia Au Belatti - State Representative D24
  2. Donna Mercado Kim - State Senate D14
  3. Donovan Dela Cruz - State Senate D22
  4. Gilbert S. Keith-Agaran - State Representative D9
  5. Henry Aquino - State Representative D38
  6. Joey Manahan - Honolulu City Council D7 (former Vice Speaker of the House)
  7. Kymberly Marcos Pine - Honolulu City Council D1 (former House Minority Leader)
  8. Rida Cabanilla-Arakawa - State Representative D41
  9. Romy Cachola - State Representative D30
  10. Ron Menor - Honolulu City Council D9
  11. Ty Cullen - State Representative D39
  12. Will Espero - State Senate D19

ELECTED: Illinois

  • Jessica O'Brien - Cook County District Court Judge

ELECTED: Virginia

  • Robert "Bobby" Scott - elected to his 11th term in the US House of Representatives


  1. Chris Mateo - CA Assembly D12 (currently Vice Mayor, Lathrop, CA)
  2. Garry Barbadillo - Milpitas City Council
  3. Gerard Valbuena Dumuk - Alameda City Council
  4. Hermy Almonte - San Leandro City Council
  5. Jennifer Ong - CA Assembly D20 (received 66,111 votes or 49.7%) - only 917 votes difference from her opponent
  6. Joey Ermitanio - Lathrop City Council
  7. Rebecca Delacruz Ayson -Daly City Clerk
  8. Thelma Boac - San Jose School Board


  1. Ben Cayetano (former Governor) - Mayor, Honolulu
  2. Chelsea Yagong - Hawaii City Council D1
  3. Chris Manabat - State Representative D40
  4. Marissa Capelouto - State Representative D42


  • Owen Diaz - re-election for Mayor of Milan, Michigan


  • Marisha Agana - US D13

NEXT TIME AROUND: Pennsylvania

  • William Sylianteng - Assembly D151