Pinoys vying for posts in US midterm elections

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Mar 25 2014 12:18 PM | Updated as of Mar 25 2014 08:18 PM

REDWOOD CITY, California – Midterm elections are happening on November 4 of this year. It happens every two years.

Federal positions that are up for votes during the midterm polls include 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and full terms for 33 or 34 out of 100 seats of the U.S. Senate. Thirty-six governors are also elected during the midterm elections. Also on the ballot are positions in the state legislature, as well as in the municipal level.

So far, Balitang America has identified the following Filipinos to be among those running during the midterm elections:

• Donna Mercado Kim (Democrat) – running for U.S. House of Representatives for Hawaii’s 14th District

• William Espero (Democrat) – running for U.S. House of Representatives for Hawaii’s 1st District

• Joey Manahan (Democrat) – running against Espero for U.S. House of Representatives for Hawaii’s 1st District

• Rida Cabanilla (Democrat) – running for U.S. House of Representatives for Hawaii’s 41st District

• Marissa Capelouto (Republican) – looking to elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 2nd District of Hawaii

• Brickwood Galuteria (Democrat) – running for State Senate, representing Hawaii’s 12th District

• Henry Aquino (Democrat) – running for Hawaii’s House of Representatives, representing District 38

• Della au Bellati (Democrat) – running for Hawaii’s House of Representatives, representing District 24

• Romy Cachola (Democrat) – running for Hawaii’s House of Representatives, representing District 30

• Ty Cullen (Democrat) – running for Hawaii’s House of Representatives, representing District 39

• Robert Scott (Democrat) – running for the U.S. House of Representatives for Virginia’s 3rd District

• Kris Valderama (Democrat) – running for a House of Delegates position in Maryland's 26th District.

• Rob Bonta - running for California's Assembly in the Golden State's 18th District.

Data shows that midterm elections usually generate lower voter turnout compared to the presidential election, with only about 40% of those eligible to vote actually going to the polls. -- With a report from Erika Caturay, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau