Two of those on his short list stand out for a different reason: Both are part of the Asian American community.
Both parties have largely overlooked the impact of the Asian American vote, but it could be significant in 2020.
From 2012 to 2018, for example, the population of eligible voters in Arizona grew by 13 percent — but when you look at Asian American voters, the growth was 47 percent.
It’s reliably red, but with an Asian American population of 19 percent, Democratic candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni, who is South Asian American, is hoping to flip it blue in November.
“When Asian Americans run for office, they actually do increase the AAPI participation,” Chen said, using the common initialism for Asian American and Pacific Islanders.