Foung Hawj (Photo by Yeng Lor)
On March 31, District 67 State Sen. John Harrington could not win an outright Democratic Party Endorsement to run unchallenged in his own party for a second term.
Foung Hawj is one of the candidates who will continue on to November in an attempt to be the second Hmong American to hold the seat that Mee Moua vacated.
Hawj was one of the nine DFL candidates who ran in 2010 in the DFL primary for the district 67 state senate seat after Senator Mee Moua resigned. He is running on a campaign of foreclosure prevention, job development and training, quality education, better healthcare for seniors, and environmental and GreeniInitiatives.
“I am running for the state senate seat because foreclosure remains a problem, our local job markets are still at the lower margins and people need help,” said Hawj. “What I can do is bringing people together for better and inclusive policies. We will make the East Side stronger through community involvement.”
Hawj grew up in Laos during the Vietnam War until his family had to flee government persecution and started a new life in America. He has lived in St. Paul for the past 21 years and is a successful small business owner, producing community education video for clients in the Twin Cities.
He has Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Media Arts from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Applied Science and Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
Besides work, he has been an active volunteer, serving on many organizations such as St. Paul’s District 2 Council, Minneapolis Foundation’s Technology Steering Committee, Hmong Chamber of Commerce, and – currently – the Gateway Food Initiative Coop. He co-founded the Hmong-American DFL Caucus in the early 90’s and has been an active fundraiser for many Democratic candidates since 2004. He also served as DFL Precinct Chair in Senate District 67.
“I believe that fair representation in our party and at the Capitol needs to include all members of our community,” said Hawj.
Contact the Hawj campaign by calling Noel Lee at 651-402-7897 or email [email protected]. Visit online at http://www.facebook.com/pages/FOUNG-for-State-Senate/236807459703171.