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Asian-Americans In Arizona Seek Higher Profile In Politics

Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in Arizona are seeking to stake a bigger claim in the state's political scene.

Activists in Arizona's Asian community say they have historically been an afterthought for political candidates and state party officials pursuing black and Hispanic voters. But they are seeking to change all that.

The Arizona Republic reports that the state Legislature hosted 20 people earlier this week for the first ever Asian-American and Pacific Island Advocacy Day.

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Sen. Kimberly Yee, the only Asian-American in the statehouse and the first ever Asian-American woman elected to the office, says the event marks a start of a new effort to get Asian voters involved.