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Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE), a 501c4 nonprofit organization, envisions a just America that assures social, economic, and political equity for the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It works to transform our democracy by politically engaging and empowering the diverse AAPI community, and holding our leaders accountable to progressive values of social, economic, and political justice.


Our Vision

We envision a just, inclusive, and progressive Washington State with racial, political, and economic equity for all people, including AAPIs.

Our Mission

We expand democracy by identifying and removing barriers that prevent AAPIs from full civic engagement. We create pathways that educate and mobilize our diverse communities to take civic action across Washington State.


In each election year APACE supports and endorses candidates with proven track records of standing up for our diverse communities.  We make sure elected officials hear voice and concerns of our community and help get out the vote for candidates who share our values.



Help us register, educate and encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington to vote by donating to the APACE. Your gift may be tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



We rely on volunteers to reach out into our communities to register Asian Pacific Islander (API) citizens in Washington and to encourage them to vote. Help create API voting power by donating as little as three hours of your time.


Civic Engagement

APACE is dedicated to broadening democracy for Asian and Pacific Islanders in Washington State.  We work to bring candidates and ballot measure campaigns to the forefront, and lift the voice of our community ensuring that elected officials hear how policies impact our neighborhoods, communities, and lives. We also holds our elected officials accountable and fights for issues that will positively impact our AAPI communities.



APACE’s first ANHPI Candidate School

January 14th, 2022|

APACE is launching its first ever ANHPI candidate school! In light of the current political climate APACE was inspired to create a space by and for ANHPI's where interested candidates and future community leaders could learn the fundamentals and build their networks. We wanted to create a space where folks can talk about the unique challenges our communities face when running for office as well as find mentors to help lead the way. Our comprehensive [...]

Additional 2021 Endorsements – 09/15/2021

September 15th, 2021|

APACE is glad to announce endorsement for the following candidates for the 2021 elections. Please feel free to reach out to info@apace-wa.org for any questions and inquiry. Dexter Borbe for Bellevue City Council pos. 1 Dexter brings his lived experiences to his campaign. He was inspired to run out of a desire to ensure Bellevue is a welcoming place to raise a family, while acting as a regional partner in addressing the affordable housing and homelessness [...]

Statement condemning attacks on King County Council Position 9 candidate Ubax Gardheere

September 7th, 2021|

The Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Engagement C4 and PAC Boards condemn the sexism, racism, anti-Blackness, Islamophobia, and xenophobia fueling the attacks on King County Council Position 9 candidate Ubax Gardheere. We stand in solidarity with Ubax as she shares her experience with postpartum depression. Attacks on Black, Indigenous, People of Color candidates are, sadly, predictable. The propagation of the "perpetual foreigner" stereotype, and excessive scrutiny of the "electability" or qualifications of these candidates, are [...]

APACE C4 Condemns Atlanta, Georgia Murders and All Anti-Asian Hate & Systemic Violence

March 28th, 2021|

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE) C4 condemns the racist and misogynistic killings of eight massage parlor workers and customers in Atlanta, Georgia that occurred on March 16, 2021. Six of the victims were Asian women. As a community, we grieve this tragedy and wish unconditional love and healing for the victims and their families. The intersections of race, class and gender cannot be ignored in this incident. We recognize the event [...]

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