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Alexander Muhr Race and Class in Los Angeles – AMST101 Cam Vu – T.A. Final Research Paper – April 14, 2005 Seeking Mayoral Duties:  Who is Vying for the Asian Vote? The City of Los Angeles has consistently been one of the most influential cities in the United States for some years now. Therefore, even though the city might be as divided as it is, the mayor of Los Angeles has some power and more significantly is a face that can be linked to basically the whole basin. All the policies that the city itself adapts, because the main harbor and the airport lie within its limits, can affect most every person in the entire 200 square mile Los Angeles region. The past two mayoral elections of the City of Los Angeles, 2001 and 2005, have been rather intriguing. In both, James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa have been the front-runners and then eventually were pushed to a runoff. 2001 was not the year that Villaraigosa, the former speaker for the California State Assembly, was the first Latino in many decades to even have a chance at being mayor, would be elected. Hahn, a prominent city attorney and the son of a very respected County supervisor named Kenneth Hahn who supported black issues in the Civil Rights movement, would win the runoff but what can absolutely not be called a landslide, winning by a mere 40, 000 votes. 1 There is an interesting correlation between both of these last two election races, which is that the Asian population has not been of a major topic in 1 Hall, Thad E. page 46
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debates or listed in the main issues at hand. Mostly African American and Latino issues are brought up for debate and are a coveted voting bloc, while the Asian population has grown much larger than the black populace. The Asian community is also vital because most are quite educated and own many businesses; some actually immigrated as wealthy individuals. Obviously the main topics for campaigns are for inherently non-racial subjects such as housing, city schools, health care and now the more modern crisis of power. Yet, these subjects have actually been intertwined with the racial makeup of the city of Los Angeles, and also the important factor of class. In many published news articles there is talk of what the black voters think or the Latino voters, but we actually rarely see specific mention of the strong voting power of the Asian community. According to United States Census figures, in the year 2000, the population
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