The Ohio Republican Party is adding to the national GOP movement of reaching out to different ethnic communities in order to diversify the party. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more on the effort to connect with Asian Pacific Americans.
May is national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. As a way to honor the occasion, the Ohio Republican Party launched the Asian Pacific American Advisory Council.
According to the Party’s spokesperson, Chris Schrimpf, the council will help share the GOP’s message while also hear about the types of concerns and interests coming out of Asian Pacific American communities.
“How can we better serve them from a policy perspective, what are they looking for from their leaders and, you know, that’s a dialogue that hasn’t happened in the past," Schrimpf said. "But we think it’s important to happen now going into the future.”
Schrimpf believes this council can be a stepping stone towards diversifying their slate of candidates and adding more minorities to government positions. He says the 2010 census showed more than 204,000 Asian and Pacific Americans living in Ohio.
Nationwide, more than 3.9 million Asian Americans voted in the 2012 presidential election.