Date: March 15, 2017
Media Contact: Yonah Hong
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
LOS ANGELES (KOREATOWN), CA — Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:00AM
Beginning Friday, March 17th at 10:00AM, the Robert Lee Ahn for Congress campaign will be registering voters to participate in the April 4th election. The popular BCD Tofu House located at 3575 Wilshire Blvd., will host the event in hopes of registering many of the 27,000 unregistered Koreans in the 34th Congressional District. “This may be our community’s only opportunity to have a voice in the United States House of Representatives. It is vital that everyone is registered and that everyone casts a vote,” explained Campaign Manager David Meraz. “We want everyone to come down to BCD Tofu House at any time of day or night and register to vote. We don’t want there to be any excuses to not register and vote,” concluded Meraz.
If elected, Robert Lee Ahn will be the ONLY Korean American serving in Congress and only the 16th Asian American. “For far too long we have not had a seat at the table, the concerns of our community are often ignored. This is our chance to stand up and be counted. We can no longer wait for someone else to be our voice. It is our time and we must seize it,” said Ahn. “If everyone takes this as a personal responsibility, we will be successful. If people stay home and don’t vote, we won’t; its that simple.” Ahn will be there in person registering voters throughout the event. “I’m excited to meet people and register them. This also gives me an opportunity to talk to voters and share ideas and hear from our community.”
The 34th district represents all of Koreatown, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, as well as all or parts of Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Hancock Park, Downtown, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights, City Terrace, Echo Park, El Sereno, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mt. Washington, Montecito Heights, and Westlake/Pico Union. Based on the Political Data Incorporated (PDI) Count Report (as of March 2017), there are 18,694 registered Korean American voters in the 34th district and according to the 2010 US Census, there are over 1.7 million Koreans living in the United States. Robert Lee Ahn, if elected, would be the ONLY Korean American to hold a seat in the United States Congress. This would be historic.
EVENT: “The Robert Lee Ahn for Congress 34-Hour Koreatown Voter Registration Marathon”
DATE/TIME: Friday, March 17, Beginning at 10:00AM (for 34 HOURS: until Saturday, March 18)
LOCATION: BCD Tofu House (Patio)
3575 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 90010