Monday, September 24, 2012

2012 NOVA APA Candidate Forum was a success!

Strong and United Asian Pacific American Community of Virginia
Fairfax County Government Center
Friday September 21, 2012

Governor Tim Kaine (D)

Tim Kaine has served people throughout his adult life as a missionary, fair housing attorney, teacher and elected official. He is running of for the United States Senate because America needs optimistic doers who know how to find common ground.

Tim grew up in Kansas City, working in his father’s ironworking shop, where he learned the values of thrift and hard work. He graduated from the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School.

In 2001, Tim was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. In 2005, Tim was elected Virginia’s 70th Governor. In the midst of America’s deepest recession in 70 years, Tim led the state to national recognition. Virginia was honored as the best managed state in America (Governing Magazine), the Best State for Business ( – four years in a row) and the best state to raise a child (Education Week). Virginia maintained its Triple A bond rating for fiscal management – an honor shared by only 7 states – and had one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates and highest median incomes.

Tim has been married for 27 years to Anne Holton. Anne – the daughter of former Republican Governor Linwood Holton – served as a legal aid lawyer and juvenile court judge before becoming First Lady of Virginia. The Kaines have three children – Nat, Woody, and Annella – all of whom attended Richmond Public Schools.

Governor George Allen (R)

George Allen has served Virginia for over 29 years in the House of Delegates, U.S. House of Representatives, as Governor of Virginia and in the U.S. Senate.

Sworn in as Governor in January of 1994, George Allen set about to bring sweeping reform that would make Virginia a national model in economic development, public safety, education accountability, and welfare reform.

He worked with a Democratic-controlled General Assembly to cut taxes by more than $600 million; make neighborhoods safer with the abolition of parole; enact historic welfare reforms; reduce the size of government and grow the economy -- creating more than 300,000 net new private sector jobs in those four years.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, George Allen continued to advocate for Virginia’s families. He co-sponsored and helped pass the 2001 & 2003 tax cuts that spurred the creation of 7 million new jobs, fought for our military families, and sponsored legislation to fund math and science scholarships at historically black colleges and other minority-serving institutions.

He currently serves as the Reagan Ranch Presidential Scholar for the Young America’s Foundation and has written a book, What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports. He's been married to his wife, Susan Allen, for twenty-six years. The Allens have lived in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County for 11 years, where each of their three children attended Fairfax County Public Schools.

Congressman Jim Moran (D – Incumbent)

As a senior member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, Congressman Jim Moran serves as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment (overseeing the budgets for the EPA, Interior Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, our National Parks, and the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, Holocaust Museum and National Endowment for the Arts), as well as a senior Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. He’s Co-Chair of the Congressional Prevention Coalition and the Animal Protection Caucus, heads the Task Force on Sovereign Wealth Funds, and was a co-founder of the New Democrat Coalition. He was first elected to public office as a City Councilman, Vice Mayor, and then Mayor of Alexandria. Congressman Moran graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a master's degree in Public Administration, after receiving his B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross. He has four children and four grandchildren. For more information about Congressman Moran's accomplishments on behalf of Northern Virginia and our nation, see
Colonel Patrick Murray (R)

Patrick Murray is a 24 year U.S. Army Veteran who is making his second run for Congress in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. As an Army Officer he served in numerous tours around the world, first as an Armor officer and later as a Foreign Area Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency. Serving in both war and in peace, Patrick knows that freedom isn’t free.

During the Cold War, Patrick commanded Tank units in both the 3rd Armored and 3rd Infantry Division on what was then the East-West German border. Patrick likes to say that he helped to enact President Reagan’s dictum of Peace through Strength, and it worked.

Later as a Foreign Area Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency, he served in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and in Serbia where he was the Defense Attaché in the American Embassy. Patrick also speaks Russian and served throughout the former Soviet Union. Living and working in Socialist and totalitarian regimes gave Patrick a valuable first-hand perspective of the value of a Free Market economy, and of America’s greatness as a nation.

He has worked in the U.S. State Department in the Bureau of Political Affairs and at the United Nations as the American military representative on the Security Council. In 2007, Patrick deployed to Baghdad, Iraq during the “surge,” where he served on the staff of General David Petraeus.

Patrick has benefitted from wonderful educational opportunities; he holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics, and two Master Degrees in History and Russian Studies. He lives and works in Alexandria, Virginia.


Congressman Frank Wolf (R – Incumbent)

Sent a surrogate to the 2010 VA APA Candidates Forum
Congressman Wolf has represented Virginia's 10th District since 1981. Congressman Wolf serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is the co-chairman of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

Congressman Wolf has been widely - and repeatedly - recognized for his tireless efforts to improve our region's transportation system. Fighting gridlock always will be a top priority. He knows everyone wants to spend less time sitting in traffic and more time with their family and friends.

Protecting our neighborhoods also is important to Congressman Wolf. He was the force behind the creation of the anti-gang task forces operating in our region. These task forces, working across jurisdictional boundaries from Alexandria to Winchester, are making a difference.

Congressman Wolf also has a long record of speaking out for the persecuted around the world and is considered one the leading crusaders in Congress for human rights. He has traveled the world to call attention to human rights abuses and religious persecution around the globe.

Congressman Wolf was born in 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended public schools. He received his B.A. degree from Penn State University in 1961 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1965. Prior to his election to Congress, he was employed on a congressional staff, at the Department of the Interior, and as an attorney. He lives in Vienna with his wife, Carolyn. They are the parents of five grown children.

Ms. Kristin Cabral (D)

First time invited to the VA APA Candidates Forum
Attended in person with lots of compassion for Asian Pacific Americans

Kristin Cabral is a proud wife, mother, and former Justice Department prosecutor who is now running for Congress to provide fresh leadership for Virginia. Kristin is a hard worker who put herself through the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School by combining part-time jobs at places like McDonald's along with federal loans and grants. Kristin wants to protect educational opportunities for her and all our children, as she personally knows the economic mobility it can help them achieve. Kristin would not support the misguided approach to decrease our investment in education, as the current congress has voted to do. Kristin will also be a strong voice for women and work to ensure they have the tools needed to harness their entrepreneurial spirit to help create jobs. Besides being a prosecutor, Kristin has worked as as a law clerk to a federal judge and a legal writing professor. Kristin serves on the Fairfax County Public Library Board and helps with the PTA. Kristin will go to Washington and focus on the real problems affecting Virginians, like economic growth and fixing the budget deficit responsibly, and not play partisan games that serve no one but career politicians.


Congressman Gerry Connolly (D – Incumbent)

Attended the 2010 VA APA Candidates Forum In-Person
Gerry is serving his second term in Congress. He previously served for five years as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. He also served nine years as the Providence District Supervisor.

Following his election to Congress in November 2008, Gerry joined the New Democrats Caucus, a group of pro-business, centrist members of Congress who advocate fiscal responsibility and economic growth. Gerry serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He has earned a reputation as a fiscally responsible legislator and an independent voice for Northern Virginia.

In Congress, Gerry has received numerous awards for his efforts to assist veterans and the children of active military families at war, promote smart growth initiatives, protect parklands and fragile natural areas, and fight for increased research and treatment for breast cancer. He was elected President of the Freshman class by his colleagues, and in that role served as a liaison to House leadership, advocating for moderate, pragmatic policies supported by fellow new members of Congress.

Gerry received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979.

Colonel Chris Perkins (R)

First time invited to VA APA Candidates Forum

Colonel Chris Perkins is a retired United States Army officer, former Special Forces (Green Beret), small business owner, and family man who has lived in Northern Virginia since 1991 when not deployed overseas.

Concerned about America's deteriorating fiscal situation, and severely disappointed with the lack of leadership in Washington and the poor performance of careerist politicians such as Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chris has once again dedicated himself to honorable public service.

Chris was born in Burlington, Vermont in 1956. His family moved to the Washington D.C. area when his father, a Navy physician, was assigned to Bethesda Naval Hospital. After his family settled in Attleboro, Massachusetts, Chris attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and graduated with a B.A. in English in 1978. Chris is a Distinguished Honors Graduate of the United States Naval War College, where he was awarded a Masters Degree in National Security Affairs, and holds a second Masters Degree in Strategic Studies after attending the National War College in Washington D.C.

After retiring from the Army as a full Colonel in 2006, Chris was hired by the United States Coast Guard to create a quick reaction force to secure our nation's coastline. He is currently self-employed as a national security consultant. Chris and Petra married 28 years ago during the first of his four tours of duty in Germany. They first moved to the 11th District of Virginia in 1991 to raise their two children and Bernese Mountain Dogs. Their daughter, Alex, is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and their son, Nick, recently graduated from West Point and is now a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Artillery Corps. In May of 2004, Petra, born in Bamberg, Germany, achieved a perfect score on the State Department's citizenship test and became a proud citizen of the United States of America.

APIA Vote, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans of Virginia (CAPAVA), Global Organization of People of Indian Origin - Virginia (GOPIO), Indian American Forum for Political Education, Korean Association of Virginia (KAVA), Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area, National Association of Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Legal Aid Justice Center – Immigrant Advocacy Program,  National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Organization of Chinese Americans – Northern Virginia Chapter (OCA-NoVA), Vietnamese American Voters Association (VAVA), Vietnamese Resettlement Association, Virginia American Muslim Civic Coalition, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA)

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