FAIRFAX, VA (July 29, 2013) — Public service has been the hallmark of Hung Nguyen’s journey as the son Vietnamese political refugees. Nguyen fled the Communist regime with his family during the fall of Saigon in 1975.
While he pursued the path to become a Catholic priest, Nguyen is now running for the 67th District of the Virginia House of Delegates – a seat previously uncontested and held by the Republican incumbent James LeMunyon. If elected, Nguyen will be the first Vietnamese American to serve in a state legislature of the East Coast.
“My parents made the sacrifice to start a new life in the United States. I grew up in humble beginnings. I want to build upon the American Dream, which has blessed me with many opportunities. I want to make sure that Virginia is a place where we can live without social and economic barriers. Running for office is about embracing the American Dream,” said Nguyen in a statement released to the Asian American Press.
Nguyen’s involvement in the community has extended to all Virginian families prior to his candidacy. He focuses on garnering public-private partnership opportunities for other small business owners like himself. As a self-employed, business information management consultant and government contractor, Nguyen generated over $200 million in contracts for small, women, and veteran-owned businesses for the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, and Treasury.
Nguyen also stands on the side of Virginians, as his record shows his work with Virginia’s leaders to identify the needs of Fairfax and Loudoun county residents. Since 2004, Nguyen has served as the Vice Chair of the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission. In 2006, Governor Timothy Kaine appointed Nguyen to serve on the Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service. Later on, the Board of Directors of America’s Service Commissions elected Nguyen to serve with them in 2009.
Nguyen’s community involvement comes full circle, as he has developed leadership programs for Asian American youth before he entered the race. He volunteers with national non-profit organizations to develop programs that provide students with U.S. government internships, including the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. Hung formerly served as the President and CEO of the National Congress of Vietnamese Americans as well.
Nguyen currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife, son and two dogs.
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