Three major cities could elect their first mayors of Asian descent this fall, in what would be part of a significant leap for Asian American and Pacific Islander political representation.
Few AAPI mayors have served in America’s largest cities, with a handful largely from California and Hawaii making up most of the list so far. But a trio of Democratic candidates, each from a city where Asian Americans don’t make up even a fifth of the population, busted through crowded races to make November’s general elections.
Boston City Council member Michelle Wu, the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, is the front-runner in her city after finishing first in her September top-two preliminary election, with 33 percent of the vote. Former Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell, who has Black and Japanese parents, is locked in a tight race against fellow Democrat Lorena González. And in Cincinnati, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval, who has Tibetan and Indian parents,