Sen. Cortez Masto announces advisory council of AAPI community leaders

File photo shows Catherine Cortez Masto delivering her victory speech at the Nevada Democrats’ election night watch party at the Aria Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas on Nov. 8, 2016. | Bill Clark/AP

Las Vegas, NV – The Cortez Masto for Senate campaign rolled out a list of 24 Nevada AAPI community leaders who are endorsing Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s re-election and will serve as an advisory council for her campaign, supporting the senator’s AAPI outreach across the state of Nevada.

“I will always be an advocate for AAPI families in Nevada and work to ensure they have the resources they need to succeed,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “These leaders are fighting for their community every day. I am proud to have their support and I look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of our AAPI small business owners, workers and families.”

Cortez Masto has worked closely with Nevada’s AAPI communities throughout her time in the Senate, leading efforts to support AAPI businesses and collaborating with local leaders to combat the rise of hate crimes targeting the AAPI community in Nevada and across the country.

“I have known Catherine for a long time, and I’ve seen firsthand the work she’s done for our communities,” said former Chair of the Clark County AAPI Community Commission, Margie Llorente-Gonzales. “She takes our concerns seriously and always considers AAPI Nevadans when she does her work in the Senate. I’m so pleased to endorse my friend Catherine, a fighter for our families and our voice in the Senate.”

“Catherine has earned my endorsement by proving over and over again that she supports and fights for our AAPI families in Nevada,” said Tim Wong, community leader. “I’ve worked with her many times, and I admire her dedication to public service and her commitment to our community.”

“Senator Cortez Masto is a true ally for our community,” said Angelyn Tabalba, Chair of the AAPI Democratic Caucus of Nevada. “When we faced a rise in hate crimes during the pandemic, our Senator met with us, took our concerns directly to Congress, and helped pass theCOVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to protect us. She has proved that she will deliver for us when we need it most, and I’m proud to support such a strong advocate for AAPI Nevadans.”

The full endorsement and advisory council list can be found below.

  • Margie Llorente-Gonzales, former Chair of the Clark County AAPI Community Commission
  • Duy Nguyen, Clark County Planning Commissioner
  • Assemblywoman Rochelle Thuy Nguyen, AD-10
  • Gloria Caoile, President of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
  • Selim Muhammad, Former President of the Bangladeshi Association of Northern Nevada
  • Tim Wong, Community leader
  • Craig Valdez, Chair of the AAPI Community Commission
  • Angelyn Tabalba, Chair of the AAPI Democratic Caucus of Nevada
  • Amy Akao, Chair of the Washoe Democrats AAPI Caucus
  • Erica Mosca, Executive Director of Leaders in Training
  • Karl Catarata, Nevada Director for the Human Rights Campaign
  • Hanadi Nadeem, CEO of Shifa Medical
  • Minddie Lloyd, Chair of Bamboo Bridges
  • Assemblywoman Brittney Miller, AD-05
  • Harry Singh, President of Indian Chamber of Commerce
  • Grace Vergara, Executive Director of SEIU Local 1107
  • Radhika Kunnel, Founder of the South-Asian Women’s Alliance of Nevada
  • Dr. Rachakonda Prabhu, Physician
  • Dr. Ikram Khan, Physician
  • Dr. Aurangzeb “Aury” Nagy, Community leader
  • Dr. Sayed Qazi, Physician
  • Dr. Chowdhury Ahsan, Director of Cardiology Fellowship Program at Nevada School of Medicine
  • Dr. Javaid Anwar, Physician
  • Muhammed A. Quddus, Economist for the State of Nevada
  • Rozita Lee, former advisor to President Obama, senior advisor to National Federation of Filipino American Associations
  • Assemblywoman Cecelia González, AD-15

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