Roseville, Minn. (June 23, 2014) — Kaying Thao has announced her candidacy for the Roseville City Council. Identifying herself as a Democrat, Thao’s goals are to address critical issues that affect everyone, such as economic development, senior and youth services, and the environment.
Thao, 36, was raised in Roseville, and graduated from Roseville Area Public Schools. She served the community in many capacities.
Elected in 2011, Thao is a current member of the Roseville School Board. She is the only Hmong-American woman currently holding elected office in Minnesota (and one of two elected Hmong women in the country).
Thao is serving her second term on the Roseville Human Rights Commission. She is also legislative staff for the Minnesota House Jobs & Economic Development Finance & Policy Committee.
“I really love this city of mine,” Thao said. “Roseville is a vibrant, diverse and welcoming city! I have seen the many growth and development that has shaped our city, and I’d like to play a different role in the on-going efforts in creating a stronger and safer city. “I think that I’m well-rounded, and I can bring a sense of honesty and integrity to the city council, I’ll work hard to make Roseville an even better place to work, play, and raise a family.”
Thao, the daughter of refugee immigrants, has lived in Roseville for over 20 years. She has three children in the Roseville schools.
Along with the mayor, Thao will face two incumbents for two open council seats in the Nov. 4, 2014 Election. For more information, visit www.kayingthao.org.