ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel and BA, its daily news show in North America, have joined over 70 community organizations and over 15 press agencies in the Asian Pacific American (APA) community to support the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) in hosting the first ever APA facing-Gubernatorial Debate in California History. Tickets are sold out with over 1,200 guests attending.

The historic event will take place this Friday, April 27, from 7-8:30pm Pacific, at the Sexson Auditorium of Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. Those who don’t have tickets can watch the livestream on the CAUSE YouTube channel.

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Invited gubernatorial candidates are:

Travis Allen (R) (Confirmed)
John Chiang (D) (Confirmed)
John H. Cox (R) (Confirmed)
Delaine Eastin (D) (Confirmed)
Gavin Newsom (D)
Antonio Villaraigosa (D) (Confirmed)

The debate will be moderated by MSNBC and NBC News Anchor Richard Lui and Los Angeles Times political writer Seema Mehta.

APA communities are the fastest growing ethnic group across the nation. Today, more than one-third (5.7 million) of the United States’ APA population resides in California. California is also home to the largest number of APA-owned businesses (32% of the total in the nation) and boasts an APA consumer market of $172 billion.

With the APA population comprising nearly 15% of California’s electorate, it has the potential to decide the outcome of the 2018 elections.

Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through nonpartisan voter outreach, training, and education as well as leadership development.