MINNEAPOLIS (June 18, 2013) — Blong Yang announced he will be a candidate for Minneapolis City Council – Ward 5.
Yang is seeking the Ward 5 seat, being vacated by Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels, who is stepping down to seek the open Minneapolis Mayoral seat.
“I am running for City Council because I believe that politics should be about the improvement of people’s lives.”
Among several of the issues Yang wants to address are: public safety, economic development, civil rights and housing. “We must feel safe in our homes and around our neighborhoods. No family should have to worry about a stray bullet coming through their walls.” Yang believes a safe North Minneapolis will help lure more businesses and create jobs. He also plans on creating more affordable housing and funding the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.
The local Minneapolis DFL Party – Ward 5 held an endorsement convention last May where no candidate seeking the council post was endorsed. However, Yang was able to garner endorsements from the Minneapolis Firefighters IAFF Local 82 and Stonewall DFL.
Yang most recently ran for Hennepin County Commissioner in district 2 last year. He served as an Investigator with the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). Yang owns a small solo practice in Minneapolis focusing on family law and other civil matters for over nine years. He also served on the Commitment Defense Panel of the Hennepin County Bar Association where he represented people from being civilly committed for mental illness and/or chemical dependency. Before opening up his private practice, Yang worked for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis as a staff attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow.
Yang is married to local writer Mai Neng Moua, who was hailed as the “midwife of the Hmong literary arts movement” by the New York Times. The couple has two girls, Samantha age 3 and Erica age 5. Yang has been a proud home owner in the Jordan neighborhood for over ten years. He holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.
More at www.yangforcitycouncil.com.