First-Ever APA-Facing Gubernatorial Debate in California History


Contact: Haidee Pan
Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (213)269-4639

Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) has partnered with over 70+ community organizations and 15+ press agencies in the Asian Pacific American (APA) community to host the first ever APA facing-Gubernatorial Debate in California History. Tickets are sold out with over 1200 guests attending.


Richard Lui (Moderator)
News Anchor, MSNBC and NBC News

Seema Mehta (Moderator)
Political Writer, Los Angeles Times

Invited gubernatorial candidates:

  • Travis Allen (R) (Confirmed)

  • John Chiang (D) (Confirmed)

  • John H. Cox (R) (Confirmed)

  • Delaine Eastin (D) (Confirmed)

  • Gavin Newsom (D)

  • Antonio Villaraigosa (D) (Confirmed)

What: Leading candidates of the 2018 California Governor Race will debate issues facing the APA community.

When: Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Press should arrive at 6:30PM to ensure ample time for setup before the debate.

Where: Pasadena City College
Sexson Auditorium
1570 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106

Parking is $2 in Lot 5. A map of Pasadena City College is available at

Why: 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, our community has the potential to decide the outcome of the 2018 elections. We are a community that cannot be ignored.

Interview Opportunities:

The Sexson Auditorium balcony will be reserved for the press for the duration of the debate.

Interviews with campaign representatives and/or candidates may be conducted after the program from 8:45 PM  – 9:15 PM in Room C155.

Photo Opportunities:

  1. Speakers:  Mariko Carpenter, Charlie Woo, Kim Yamasaki

  2. Moderators:  Richard Lui, Seema Mehta

  3. Gubernatorial Candidates: Travis Allen, John Chiang, John H. Cox, Delaine Eastin, Antonio Villaraigosa

Dress code:
Business casual/casual attire is appropriate.

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.

For any further inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at General information can be obtained from our website at Our office is located at 260 S. Los Robles Avenue, #115, Pasadena, CA 91101.