American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) International Vice President and APALA National President Johanna Puno Hester stated: "We are thrilled with Catherine Cortez Masto's election to the U.S. Senate. Though we are now fighting an uphill battle with a GOP controlled presidency, congress and soon-to-be Supreme Court, we need women of color - like Catherine Cortez Masto - to be our champions and representatives. Her leadership paves the way for more immigrants and people of color - especially women - to have a seat at the table."
"Everything we've done this year in Nevada has culminated to this moment. We've worked tirelessly to register over 3000 new voters, and by Election Day, our state turned out over three quarters of registered voters. That's huge to have that many people engaged," stated Gloria T. Caoile, APALA Nevada Chapter Leader who has continued to lead the on the ground efforts in the state for numerous cycles. "Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices undoubtedly made a statement that our voices do count."
Luisa Blue, International Vice President of the Service Employees International Union and APALA Board Member, added: “Asian American Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in this country and could very well be the deciding factor in future elections at the local, state and national level. While overall union density has been on the decline, unionization of Asian American Pacific Islanders has increased by 9%. Labor needs to continue working with their AAPI membership to increase their participation and develop them to become leaders of their union. Though it was not in our favor this time, we will continue to build our base to Stand Up and Fight Back against the racist, sexist and xenophobic rhetoric and any policies that will come out of this new administration.”
"We went from being marginalized to being the margin of victory in the silver state - and that says a lot to the organizing on the ground," APALA Executive Director Gregory A. Cendana concluded. "Nevada is a key example of how we need to be organizing in other states to ensure the voices of our communities are heard and represented at all levels of government."