Congressional candidate Goutam U. Jois celebrates the start of AAPI Heritage Month, vows to champion Asian American issues
(Summit, NJ) – Democratic congressional candidate Goutam U. Jois today celebrated the start of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, noting that the month allows Americans to not only reflect on the contributions of Asian Americans but also on how much more needs to be done to provide voice to underrepresented communities.
“America works best when it works for everyone, and that includes representing the voices of all communities in our democracy,” he said. “The AAPI community, like so many others, is a part of the American story. I’m running for Congress because the AAPI community, as with so many others who have been ‘on the sidelines’, deserve a fighter in Congress.”
Jois, the son of Indian immigrants, says Congress – and government at every level – should reflect the diversity of America. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are among the fastest growing voting blocs in the country, and in New Jersey, they number close to 1 million. That includes a rapidly growing population in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District. Jois notes that communities need representatives who can speak for everyone.
“Having seen the growth of the AAPI community, particularly the Indian American community, firsthand, I know the importance of being there for all stakeholders,” Jois said. “I want to be the voice not only for those in the churches and the synagogues, but the temples, mosques, and gurdwaras.”
Jois believes the AAPI community wouldn’t be where it is without the leadership of previous generations of public officials, who made it their passion to advocate for the voiceless.
“Whether it’s Dalip Singh Saund, Norman Mineta, Hiram Fong, or Patsy Mink, the pioneers of the Asian American community made it possible for people like me to dream of holding public office,” he said. “I want to uphold the legacy of honoring the AAPI community, and paying it forward for a new generation of young people of color who dare to dream of a better America.”
Jois has earned praise from progressives and diverse voters for his campaign in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, particularly his willingness to stand up to President Donald J. Trump and his scorched-earth policies that have weakened America. The Democratic primary is June 5. To learn more, visit www.jois2018.com.