WASHINGTON — Today, AAPI Victory Fund announced its endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro for Pennsylvania Governor. Shapiro comes from a family of public servants and is currently serving as the Attorney General of Pennsylvania where he has restored integrity to an office badly in need of leadership and reform. He is a proven leader and has proven to the people of Pennsylvania that he has their backs and is unafraid to take on the biggest fights.
Pennsylvania is one of the key states where AANHPIs are the fastest-growing portion of the state’s electorate; from 2010 to 2020, the number of eligible AANHPI voters in Pennsylvania grew by 55% and 2.7% of the state electorate are AAPIs. The surging AANHPI electorate is becoming a crucial election-determining vote in the state.
AAPI Victory Fund President and CEO Brad Jenkins issued the following statement:
“We at the AAPI Victory Fund are proud to endorse Josh Shapiro, an exemplary public servant, for Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race. Shapiro has displayed tremendous professionality, character, and values during his tenure as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, where he has prioritized keeping Pennsylvania’s communities safe. AG Shapiro has defended and fought for democracy during the 2020 election for Pennsylvania voters, arguing up to the Supreme Court, ensuring all legal votes were counted and the result of our safe, secure election was certified. We are eager to see what AG Shapiro accomplishes as Pennsylvania’s next governor.”
AAPI Victory Fund National Political Director Shehn Datta issued the following statement:
“We are delighted to endorse a commendable gubernatorial candidate from a long line of public servants. Attorney General Shapiro has shown that he will fight for the safety of all Pennsylvanians. With a proven track record of taking on big fights like our country’s opioid crisis, Shapiro led a bipartisan group of Attorney Generals to take on major American pharmaceutical manufacturers. He has, additionally, worked to safeguard Pennsylvanians’ right to a healthy environment, with clean air and pure water, Josh’s dedication to bringing safety and security to all Pennsylvanians is admirable and displays effective leadership. We look forward to seeing what he brings to Pennsylvania’s governorship.”
Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate and Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following statement:
“No matter what you look like, where you come from, who you pray to, or who you love, I will be a Governor who will ensure that all are welcome and given the opportunity to succeed in our Commonwealth. As Attorney General, I’ve worked hard to defend our fundamental freedoms and bring people together to deliver real results for all Pennsylvanians, and as Governor, I will continue to stand up for our Asian and Pacific Islander communities. I will work to ensure that our AAPI communities not only have a seat and the table but are able to thrive in our Commonwealth. I am honored to have the support of the AAPI Victory Fund and I look forward to working with them to move our Commonwealth forward.”
The AAPI Victory Fund is focused on mobilizing Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) eligible voters and moving them to the ballot box.