Silicon Valley + Vietnamese Americans + Historic Election

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

 From the newswire:

"Little Saigon may be on the precipice of electing its first-ever Vietnamese American to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and a potential key voice in decisions on homelessness, mental health services and law enforcement spending.

The two candidates seen as frontrunners in the race for the District 2 seat are Vietnamese American women: Betty Duong, chief of staff for D2 Supervisor Cindy Chavez, and Madison Nguyen, who was the first Vietnamese American member and vice mayor on the San Jose City Council.

The other candidates are Corina Herrera-Loera, a trustee with the Alum Rock Union School District, Jennifer Celaya, a Native American founder of the nonprofit New Beginnings, and Nelson McElmurry, a practicing attorney.

“The hope that always comes with a race like this is that we are able to elect representatives who elevate our voice and can project an image of a community that has come into political maturity,” Huy Tran, a San Jose resident and community leader, told San José Spotlight. Tran ran for city council in 2020."

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