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Filam winners, losers

filam-winners-rodel-rodisp6.gif WASHINGTON D.C. – Only one Filipino American woman candidate out of seven who ran on Nov. 4 prevailed while two other Filipino Americanmen who also ran for election also lost, according to reporter Joseph G. Lariosa in Chicago.
Cheryl Moss was re-elected to another six-year term as District Judge of District 8, Family Division, Department I of Las Vegas , Nevada . She collected 314,571 votes or 68.48% to beat her challenger, Greta G. Murhead, who polled 144,811 votes or 31.52%.
The other others who lost were Chicago-area real estate lawyer Democrat Aurora Abella Austriaco, who garnered 17,621 votes or 45% against Republican Rosemary Mulligan, who tallied 21,200 votes or 55% to keep her post as State House Representative of the 65^th District of Illinois; and Republican Conchita Applegate, who got 16,264 votes against incumbent Democrat Fiona Ma 80,929 votes to keep her grip on California’s State Assembly – District 12.
Also losers were Mitz Lee, who had 114,334 or 45% in her failed re-election bid to keep the San Diego (California) Unified School District Board seat from John Lee Evans who polled 136,121 votes or
54.35%; Ditas de los Santos Yamane and Filipino American gentleman Fideles Ungab, who both lost by placing a distant fourth and sixth by polling 1,911 votes or 13.79% and 1,467 votes or 10.50%, respectively, in a field of eigth candidates vying for two vacant slots in the city council of National City, California.
Ms. Myrna Lim lost also by placing third among eight candidates for the Board of Supervisors, District 11, of San Francisco, California, tallying 2,392 or 16.48% that was led by John Avalos with 4,371 or
30.12% and Ahsha Safai with 3,562 or 24.54%.
While Noelani Sallings also lost when she placed third with 9,237 votes or 24.40% for the Santa Clara Unified School District TA 2 in California that was led by Albert Gonzales with 13,776 votes or 36.40% and Don Bordenave with 9,745 votes or 25.75%.
The only other male Filipino American candidate to have lost is prominent lawyer Rodel Rodis, who lost in his re-election bid to be a member of the Community College Board of San Francisco. Mr. Rodis placed seventh with 35,319 votes or 7.86% among the 10 candidates vying for the top four slots.
Although he lost, Mr. Rodis said in his column that he is consoled that Sen. Barack Obama won as U.S. President.
“But I honestly don’t feel too bad about my loss because Barack Obama won. For my sons, his victory was far more important than mine.
“There were 10 Filipino American candidates who ran for public office in the San Francisco Bay Area and I believe all of us lost.” Rodis said.
“For many of the candidates, it was sore lack of funding. The Filipino community does not yet understand the political culture of American politics where money is its “mother’s milk”. Filipinos would rather spend money gambling in casinos than in supporting political candidates.”
“In my case, the explanation for my loss can be found in the question I posed in a recent column “Daly’s City?”. The answer turned out to be a resounding “Yes”. Supervisor Chris Daly targeted me for defeat and he prevailed. The three district supervisorial candidates he backed (Eric Mar, David Chiu and John Avalos), who were labeled as his “puppets” in a TV campaign commercial, were all elected. The candidates he backed for the College Board also won.” (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net) In San Diego, reporter Romeo Marquez said the much-vaunted “Filipino voting block” dissipated under the weight of petty intramurals and unresolved issues, bringing with them the political downfall of the only three Filipino candidates in public offices in the cities of San Diego and National City.
The squabbles were pretty evident in National City, a small Navy town south of San Diego where Filipinos comprise 18 percent of the population. Here, seven candidates, two of them Filipinos, vied for two seats in the city council.
When the counting of the votes in the Nov. 4 elections ended at the crack of dawn on Wednesday, the Filipino candidates — Mitz Lee, Ditas Yamane and Fideles Ungab — were nowhere near the winning slate.
Lee, originally from Quezon province, conceded her defeat hours after it became clear she wasn’t going to keep her post as a trustee of the San Diego Unified School District for another four years.
Yamane, on the other hand, coasted smoothly to second place in the early hours of the counting Tuesday night. By dawn, her standing fell two notches lower and the final unofficial count showed that she had amassed only 1,911 votes, or 13.79 percent of the total, to land fourth in a seven-way race for two seats in the city council of National City.

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