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1/26/2017 3:17:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Dai Thao Runs For St. Paul Mayor

By Amy Doeun

Dai Thao with new City Council members
Dai Thao has been a fixture in Twin Cities politics from his days as a community organizer working on issues that effect the community he loves, to working on campaigns to running his own. Recently, Thao decided to throw his hat in the ring for the position of St. Paul Mayor. Hmong Times spoke to him about his decision.

Hmong Times: What made you want to run for the mayor position?

Dai Thao: We are at a pivotal moment in St. Paul and we need leadership that will stand with the people despite the uncertainty at the state and federal level. I know what it takes to fight and work hard, beginning in a refugee camp and growing up in poverty. People in St. Paul deserve a responsible mayor who will listen, is responsive and will empathize with the diverse residents of St. Paul.

HT: In what way do you feel this will be a new challenge?

DT: I'm looking forward to the opportunity to have an impact on a broader scale, working with not only St. Paul leaders and residents, but those in other cities, throughout the state, and across the country. Working together and sharing ideas helps not just St. Paul, but Minnesota. I want to co-create a great place to live, raise a family, gain an education, and advance one's career.

HT: What are some of your main priorities if you become mayor?

DT: As mayor, I will invest in families and safe neighborhoods, including championing for all day preschool, improving police and community trust, and strengthening our police and fire services. I will continue to fight to make our city more livable for all people, including people of color, by investing in libraries, parks, schools, youth employment and affordable housing.

HT: What are your campaign plans?

DT: My goal is for my message to resonate and stand out among my opponents. I want to listen to the people of St. Paul and support them in tackling the realities we all face in fighting for a better life for ourselves and our families.

HT: What would you like from the community to help you?

DT: I am excited about the possibility of serving the people of St. Paul as mayor, but I cannot do it without support. Talking to your friends, family and neighbors about supporting me, becoming a delegate at the DFL convention in April 2017, and donating to my campaign in any amount will help us stand and fight for what's important. Anyone can donate online at daithao.org

HT: What would you like to say to your community?

DT: I believe my campaign is about uniting people to create a better community for us. It is about investing in people and letting them use this campaign to drive and unite people across the city, the metro, and the state to realize a better future for all of us. When we come together, we can achieve progress for all because even though our history and background may be different, our destiny is interconnected. The success of my family depends on you and yours.

I also have a campaign launch event on Saturday, January 28th at the Carpenters Union Hall, 710 Olive Street in St. Paul, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The doors will open at 1:00 pm, and I would be honored to have everyone come and join me in co-creating progress for all. To get involved with the campaign, please call, Yingya Vang, 651-485-7077. My website is daithao.org.

St. Paul, MN



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