ST. PAUL (October 13, 2010) – There are currently three candidates running for President of Lao Family Community of Minnesota for the term 2011-2012. The public is invited to vote for president on December 11, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Lao Family, 320 University Avenue W., St. Paul, MN 55103.
Current Lao Family Community Board Vice President ChuPheng Lee is running, as are Mr. Tou Xiong, Board Sectretary, and Song T. Xiong, Board Member in charge of Economic Development. The Asian American Press ran coverage of ChuPheng Lee’s campaign kickoff event in the Oct. 8, 2010 Issue, and would now like to run the campaign information available for the other two candidates.
The Asian American Press is not endorsing a candidate but would like to make the public, which is invited to vote for LFC President, information on the candidates and the election. Register to vote online at www.laofamily.org.
Song T. Xiong is running for LFC President on a campaign of “integrity, honesty and respect,” that includes a goal of uniting the Hmong into one community. He said this begins by honoring leaders, organizations, professionals, educators, business owners and citizens in the community. Then, he said there could be inclusive dialogues on divisive issues to strengthen leadership.
Xiong said that a transparent process is necessary for decision-making that impact the community. He said this needs to work at all levels and would do well in establishing trusting working relationship with agencies, officials and partner organizations that provide the resources to the Hmong community.
Xiong said he would work to provide a broader ownership and transparency of LFC event operations. He wants to reduce the sports registration fees, increase prize amounts and event profits should also be better used to help the community, he added.
The Song T. Xiong Campaign contact is 3732 Hamlet Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55128. Phone 651-808-2278 or email [email protected]
Tou Xiong is running for 2011-2012 LFC President with a leadership vision of serving as an effective advocate for the Hmong and Lao Communities, and to take the vision of the LFC founding fathers to the next level of services. He aims to diversify the board and expand LFC services including business planning and promotion of events.
Xiong said the LFC has a role of promoting and supporting basic and higher education for the community along with Hmong businesses. He also believes that the annual LFC community sports, entertainment and cultural events should be better promoted to the mainstream.
He said that smaller clan representation should have a reserved position in a fully expanded governance board. Other goals include a new LFC Center and more transparency in the operation of the LFC sports and New Year events.
Xiong would like to establish a Hmong foundation, a senior center and a nonprofit funeral home. He would also want to continue efforts for a sports stadium complex.
Xiong has a degree in Human Services and Policy Management and a master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a business owner and entrepreneur, investor, real-estate owner, and landlord. He is fluent in Hmong, Lao, Thai, and English.
His other experience includes business consulting and his clients include McDonald’s Corporation. He has been involved in public service since 1985 and says the Hmong community needs to be more unified. He has served on the board of the Hawthorne Community Center and LFC.
The Tou Xiong for Lao Family President Committee office is located at 3100 Lyndale Avenue, N., Minneapolis, MN 55411. Call 612-521-6711 or email [email protected]