FAIRFAX, VA (Aug. 13, 2013) — Hung Nguyen officially kicked off his campaign on Sunday to represent the 67th District in the House of Delegates.
Virginia leaders, community members and supporters from across the 67th District and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area joined Nguyen at the Herndon home of Alan Krishnan, a constituent.
The program included special guests Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen (SD-34), Virginia Delegate Mark Keam (HOD-35), former Virginia Delegate Chuck Caputo (HOD-67) and Herndon Town Councilwoman Grace Han Wolf. Special guests also included Virginia House of Delegates candidate Jerry Foltz (HOD-40), Democratic nominee for Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, at-large Fairfax County School Board Member Ryan McElveen and a representative for the Democratic National Committee’s Asian American Caucus Chairwoman Belkis Leong-Hong.
“As a small business owner, I understand what it takes to make ends meet to support our families, neighbors and the surrounding community,” said Nguyen at the kick-off event. “I’m running not because I want to be a politician, but I want to pursue public service. If elected, I will make sure our public funds go towards reducing traffic, investing in public education and helping small businesses create more jobs and hire people, including veterans.”
Councilwoman Wolf, the first and only Asian-American woman to hold elective office in Virginia, spoke on the importance of diverse candidates. “We are not just Asian-American candidates. We are American candidates,” said Wolf. “This is the America we live in and our government needs to reflect that.”
Nguyen is challenging the Republican incumbent James LeMunyon. If elected, Nguyen will be the first Vietnamese American to serve in a state legislature on the East Coast.
The 67th House District includes parts of Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon and South Riding. In 2012, President Barack Obama and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine won the district by 8 percent and 10 percent respectively. Asian Americans make up 21 percent of the district’s population.