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Japanese woman wins Tokyo mayorship while living 5,800 miles away in Belgium

  • Satoko Kishimoto, 47, has been elected mayor of Tokyo’s Suginami district despite being a resident of Leuven, Belgium, roughly 5,800 miles away.
  • Kishimoto won by a narrow 200 votes, defeating conservative opponent and incumbent mayor Ryo Tanaka.
  • Kishimoto was able to rely on online campaigning with the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic, participating in online public debates to gain prominence.
  • Kishimoto’s background in environmental activism appeared to win voters over despite opponents’ constant jabs at her residency status.
  • She ran on a campaign stressing less privatization and more citizen participation.

Satoko Kishimoto, 47, has been elected mayor of Tokyo’s Suginami district despite being a resident of Leuven, Belgium, roughly 5,800 miles away.

Kishimoto won by a narrow 200 votes, defeating conservative opponent and incumbent mayor Ryo Tanaka. 

Former teacher rises through lavender ceiling to become first out Asian American mayor in Florida’s history

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  • The newly elected mayor of Boynton Beach, Ty Penserga, is the first Asian American LGBTQ plus mayor in Florida.
  • Prior to being elected to the Boynton Beach commission in 2020, Penserga worked as a chemistry and biology high school teacher.
  • Penserga endured multiple homophobic comments from his opponent, Bernard Wright, throughout the campaign.
  • The 33-year-old defeated three other candidates with 57% of the votes, whereas Cindy Falco-Di Corrado and Golene Gordon each received 18% and Wright came in last with 6%.

In being elected Boynton Beach’s new mayor, Ty Penserga is now the first LGBTQ plus Asian American mayor in Florida history. 

Penserga won against three other candidates with 57% of the votes, while Golene Gordon and Cindy Falco-Di Corrado each finished with 18% and Bernard Wright received 6% of the votes. 

California’s Melissa Ramoso sworn in as Artesia’s first Asian American female mayor

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  • Melissa Ramoso was sworn in as the first Asian American female mayor of Artesia, California, on Dec. 13.
  • The Filipino American has a longstanding career in politics, having worked with several lawmakers and Filipino American Democratic groups.

Melissa Ramoso was sworn in as the first Asian American female mayor in Artesia, California, on Dec. 13.

“It is incredible to think that there were people who didn’t want me to accept the nomination today and suppress my rising into this role,” Ramoso said in her speech on Monday, per Asian Journal. “To withhold my rising, is a belittlement to my parents, because my greatest achievement is living up to their legacy. And in these positions of power, I am constantly reminded how hard it is for a female to constantly justify herself and be looked upon for assistance.”

Massachusetts’ Sokhary Chau becomes first Cambodian American mayor in US

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  • Sokhary Chau, a 49-year-old Cambodian refugee and former city council member, was sworn in as mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts, on Monday.
  • He now represents the city of more than 115,000 residents and its nearly 25% Asian population.

Sokhary Chau was sworn in as mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts, on Monday.

Chau, 49, is a Cambodian refugee and came to the U.S. at a young age to escape the Khmer Rouge. He became a Lowell city council member in 2019, and he was unanimously picked by the city council members to be mayor on Monday, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Asian Americans moved toward GOP candidates in NYC — a warning sign for Democrats

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Asian Americans heavily favored GOP candidate Curtis Sliwa in New York City’s mayoral election, prompting Democratic leaders to call for more attention toward the community.

The rundown: While Democrat Eric Adams comfortably secured the city’s top office, Sliwa won significantly more votes in Asian-majority districts, according to results seen by The City. Most who came out in support of the Republican bet were Chinese voters disgruntled over multiple Democratic policies.

‘You came from South Korea’: Irvine vice-mayor confronted with xenophobic questioning at council meeting

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On Tuesday, Irvine Vice-Mayor Tammy Kim was subjected to racism and xenophobia during a council meeting for a project to build a veterans cemetery in the city.

About the meeting: City officials held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the site where they would put an Orange County veterans cemetery, according to Voice of OC.