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Cynthia Palomata

The senseless death of a Filipino nurse, who was hit in the head with a table lamp by an inmate who faked a seizure while being processed at a California county jail, has sparked a debate within health care community and prompted a legislator to draft a bill that will better protect health workers at correctional facilities across the country.
Cynthia Palomata, 55, a resident of El Sobrante and native of Nabas, Aklan, Philippines, was removed from life support on Oct. 28, three days after the suspect attacked her at the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez even as sheriff’s deputies were on duty nearby.

The re-elections of United States Rep. Steve Austria (R-Ohio), the first, first-generation Filipino in the U.S. Congress; Maryland State Delegate Kriselda “Kris” Valderrama, and Hawaii State Senators Will Espero, Donovan dela Cruz and Donna Mercado Kim, and California voters’ confirmation of Tani Cantil-Sakauye to a 12-year term as the state’s chief justice highlight the victories among Filipino-Americans who ran in the Nov. 2 midterm elections. 

In California, three Fil-Am mayors also managed to retain their positions.
Austria won Ohio’s 7th Congressional District with 132,615 votes compared to the 67,393 votes obtained by Democratic challenger Bill Conner.

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