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A vast, mostly untapped donor base could propel John Chiang to become California’s first Asian American governor

A vast, mostly untapped donor base could propel John Chiang to become California’s first Asian American governor

Former Monterey Park politician Lily Lee Chen, who in the 1980s became the first Chinese American woman in history to be elected mayor of a U.S. city, says she has plunked down $1,000 in the hopes that Democratic state Treasurer John Chiang will be California’s next governor.

Chen’s donation to Chiang’s 2018 campaign may be relatively modest by today’s standards, but she’s confident that Asian Americans throughout California will start to crack open their wallets. And they have, many excited by the prospect of Chiang becoming the state’s first Asian American governor.

“It would be my dream,” said Chen,...

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