Today, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Scott Peters for Congress Campaign announced that a number of leaders in San Diego’s Filipino-American community are backing Rep. Peters’ campaign for reelection.

Earlier this year, Peters announced the names of dozens of leaders from San Diego’s Chinese-American and Vietnamese-American communities – Democrats and Republicans – who are supporting his campaign for reelection over his opponents.

“Our strong Filipino-American community includes leaders across the public and private sectors and has contributed a great deal to the San Diego region,” Peters said. “Filipino-Americans are also an essential part of San Diego’s veterans community. After years of advocating for this, I was glad to see the White House take steps this week to reunite Filipino-American WWII veterans with family members living abroad, many of whom have been waiting decades for visas. I will continue working to honor the brave service of our Filipino-American veterans.”

Peters continued, “It is my honor to represent our Asian-American communities in Congress, and I am grateful for the support of these and other civic leaders.”

Peters, who is serving in his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, is a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Congressional Philippines Caucus. Filipino-American leaders backing his re-election are below. (Partial list. Titles for identification purposes only):


Audie De Castro – Philippine Honorary Consul of San Diego 


Dr. Aurora Cudal – 2013 Inductee San Diego Women's Hall of Fame, columnist Filipino Press


Mitz Lee – CEO & President of Alliance for Quality Education; Co-founder, Asian Pacific American Coalition


Bennett Peji – Senior Director, Marketing and Community Engagement, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation 


Hans Christian Sison – Board of Directors, Palomar Health; Gulf War Veteran


Anthony DeGuzman – Outreach Coordinator, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition


JoAnn Fields – Founder, Fil-Am Fest 


Matthew Yagyagan – President AAPI Democratic Club; Development Manager, Alliance San Diego


Faith Bautista – CEO, National Asian American Coalition


Dominique De Leon – Filipino-American Community Leader


Kirin Macapugay – Filipino-American Community Leader