Among Asian American voters, Floridians are likely to see more Asian Americans running for political offices in the years to come. Case in point, year 2018 is the year when the first Asian American, Andrew Jeng, is running for the office of Kissimmee City Commission, Seat 2. Mr. Jeng was born in Taiwan and has been a resident of Florida for over 25 years. He sees this candidacy as an opportunity to give back to Kissimmee, a city that has given him much both in terms of opportunities as well as a community of wonderfully supportive people for him and his family. With years of experience as an entrepreneur, he would like to incorporate and promote efficient and economic development approach into the development of Kissimmee. Ultimately, his goal is to help Kissimmee to be a safe, affordable, and prosperous place for people to live and to work. He aims to help provide more high paying jobs and take care of seniors, homeless families, and veterans. Mr. Jeng is also taking this opportunity to encourage more Asian Americans to become involved in the civic affairs and participate in public services. Kissimmee has a very diverse population group. Through participation, Asian Americans may be able to help others to better understand the Asian American cultures.
Historically, Asian American voters have received relatively little attention because compared to African Americans and Hispanics, they accounted for a small number and percentage of the overall population in states that have been classified as “swing” states. But between 2000 and 2010, according to BEBR (Bureau of Economic and Business Research), the Asian American population grew from 10.2 million to 14.7 million in the U.S.A. In Florida, the number increased from 266,256 to 454,821. In terms of percentage, the Asian American growth rate between 2000 and 2010 is 43% in U.S.A. and almost 71% in Florida. The political pundits would be wise to pay attention to the Asian American voters in Florida and in other closely contested states. Their votes may just determine the outcome of various elections.
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