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Nao Takasugi


Picture of Nao Takasugi
Oxnard Harbor Dist.
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-03-1992 Republican AD-37 66364 Win
11-08-1994 Republican AD-37 66035 Win
11-05-1996 Republican AD-37 73167 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: April 5, 1922 in Oxnard, CA
Married: Judy (in 1952)
Children: Scott, Russell, Ron, Tricia and Lea
Died: November 19, 2009 in Oxnard, CA

1976-1982: Member, Oxnard City Council
1982-1992: Mayor, City of Oxnard
2001-2009: Member, Oxnard Harbor District Board of Directors

  • Takasugi was sent to the Japanese internment camp at Gila River [Arizona] from 1942-1943. He was released before the end of the war to attend college at Temple University [Philadelphia, PA].
  • In a 1999 interview with the Pennsylvania Gazette, Takasugi noted that "When I’ve gone to speak to high-school history classes or civic organizations or church groups, I just tell them what a great country we have. You just won’t find the opportunity any place [else] for a person who has been ejected to be able to come back and be a mayor of a city or a state representative. In spite of the many mistakes and flaws, it’s still the greatest country in the world." 
  • UNACKNOWLEDGED API: This elected official was excluded from the "History of Asian Americans in the California Legislature" by the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (Source).

Source: California Legislature Handbook (1994)