APALA-DC Member Wins Top Vote for First District D.C. Delegate Seat to the Democratic National Convention

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Washington, DC – It is with great honor that APALA-DC congratulates APALA Executive Director and DC chapter member, Gregory Cendana, for his win as First District DC Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Cendana, garnering the top number of votes in the race, will be the first Filipino to represent DC at the DNC and is also the youngest of the 15 delegates elected to the post.

His huge win came with the support of LGBT Democrats, progressive youth activists as well as the local labor and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, which APALA-DC played an integral role in mobilizing.

Cendana will represent labor and the AAPI community, by bringing their voices to the DNC. He plans to advocate for statehood and pave the way for greater involvement and representation in democracy for all Washingtonians. He will provide the much-needed perspective for the youth of color.

“This is the kind of energy that powered Barack Obama four years ago – we were inspired then, and we are inspired now as this small movement for big change continues,” said Cendana. “As our community continues to grow in DC and across the country, we need strong representation and I will be that voice.”

This is a tremendous achievement for a newcomer to DC politics as his supporters challenge the status quo and work to usher in a new era of progressive leadership in 2012. The results also represent a huge victory for the queer community, as Cendana has been one of the leading voices for LGBTQ rights in the DC area.

For more information about Gregory Cendana please visit www.gregoryfordnc.com

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