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AAPI Victory Fund Announces Rising Star Mayoral Endorsements for Greater AAPI Representation in Cities

Released on: March 22, 2021

Washington — Today, AAPI Victory Fund endorses two Asian American mayoral candidates, Michelle Wu (Boston) and Aftab Pureval (Cincinnati), as its inaugural Rising Star endorsements. It is more important than ever for diverse leadership across local, state and federal governments, and these candidates will bring their unique voices and experiences to lead large metropolitan areas. 
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu has been a strong voice for AAPIs, women and progressive values. As the daughter of immigrants, she knows first hand how government and politics can help people, including removing barriers and empowering her community to fight for those who are often left voiceless. 
Hamilton County, Ohio Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval is a necessary progressive voice that has been able to achieve success with Democrats and Republicans alike. As the son of first generation Americans, he has spent his career defending the most vulnerable in his community, including with the FBI to prosecute crimes against children. 
“We are proud to endorse Michelle Wu for mayor of Boston and Aftab Pureval for mayor of Cincinnati,” said Varun Nikore, president of AAPI Victory Fund. “AAPIs have rarely been visible in city government, and it is time that our voices are heard and represented at the Mayoral level. Michelle and Aftab have immense experience leading in their communities, and lending their expertise and platforms to help families. This has become even more critical as anti-Asian hate has run rampant over the course of the pandemic. We are confident that with Michelle and Aftab as mayors, Boston and Cincinnati will become more inclusive and equitable, and take their communities to new heights.“