Former Nevada Attorney General and Senate Candidate Catherine Cortez Masto keynoted the reception and highlighted the crucial role that the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has played in strengthening Nevada’s economy and cultural landscape.
Cortez Masto rallied: “Nevada has been able to succeed because we have embraced our diversity, not rejected it. Unfortunately, Donald Trump fails to recognize this and wants to ban immigration from the Philippines. Yet still, Congressman Heck continues to support Trump’s campaign. We cannot allow Donald Trump or Congressman Heck to get elected and put policies in place that are the exact opposite of what makes America great.”
The reception also welcomed remarks from Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1); Yvanna Cancela, the political director of Culinary Workers Union 226 (UNITE-HERE); Artie Blanco, state director of super-pac For Nevada’s Future; Gloria Caoile, the vice president of civic and political engagement for APALA Nevada; and Luisa Blue, APALA board member and the highest ranking AAPI elected in SEIU.
APALA Executive Director Gregory A. Cendana commented: “Last night’s reception shows how important the voices of the AAPI community are -- politicians can’t ignore our communities and offend our families by calling us animals or terrorists. We need to stand behind champions like Former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto who understands our issues.”
Gloria Caoile stated: “The politics of Vegas doesn’t follow the typical saying about Vegas. What happens here in Nevada doesn’t stay in Vegas. Rather, it will be felt throughout the country. We’re doing everything in our power to make sure that our voices are heard and represented in all levels of government.”
Congresswoman Dina Titus added: “I represent the most diverse district in this state, and it’s my honor to be a part of the first AAPI election forum. We’re going to win this election together because we are stronger together.”