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Ohio GOP creates new committee to reach out to Asian Pacific Americans
The move is part of a larger push to connect with different ethnic groups
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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The Ohio Republic Party's new committee aims to create a better relationship with the Asian Pacific American community.
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The Ohio Republican Party is adding to the national GOP movement of reaching out to different ethnic communities in order to diversify the party. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more on the effort to connect with Asian Pacific Americans.

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May is national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. As a way to honor the occasion, the Ohio Republican Party launched the Asian Pacific American Advisory Council.

According to the party’s spokesman, Chris Schrimpf, the council will help share the GOP’s message while also hearing about the concerns and interests coming out of Asian Pacific American communities.

“How can we better serve them from a policy perspective?" Schrimpf says. "What are they looking for from their leaders? That’s a dialogue that hasn’t happened in the past but we think it’s important to happen now going into the future.”

Schrimpf believes this council can be a stepping stone towards diversifying their slate of candidates and adding more minorities to government positions. He says the 2010 census showed more than 204,000 Asian and Pacific Americans living in Ohio.

Nationwide, more than 3.9 million Asian Americans voted in the 2012 presidential election.

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