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Candidates of color stress diversity in state legislature

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Wisconsin (WQOW) - On Tuesday, several candidates of color won their Partisan Primary race, and to one contender, that means the state legislature could have more leaders that would better reflect Wisconsin's demographics.

Democrat Samba Baldeh, who is a Gambian-American immigrant, and Republican Julian Bradley, who is black, won their primary races.

News 18 had the chance to speak with Francesca Hong, a Korean-American woman, who won the Democratic primary for District 76.

Hong said it's very important to have an Asian American voice in the State Assembly, especially with the uptick in attacks against Asians during the pandemic.

By running, she hopes her candidacy also inspires young Asian Americans to be more engaged and take on leadership roles.

"It's so important to recognize that representation matters. And it matters because it engages more people. It makes people feel like they belong when they see people who look like them in positions of power and in leadership positions," said Hong.

Hong believes if she wins November's general election, she may be the first-ever Asian American state lawmaker in Wisconsin.

She will face Republican opponent Patrick Hull in November.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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