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11/15/2017 2:20:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Bryan Thao Worra Named Director Of Outreach And Inclusion In Senate District 59 For The DFL

By Amy Doeun

Recently Lao author Bryan Thao Worra was named Director of Outreach and Inclusion in Senate District 59 for the DFL. Hmong Times caught up with him and asked him some questions about his experience.

Hmong Times: Have you been involved in politics before?

Bryan Thao Worra: My involvement in politics has usually been from a policy perspective at the state and national level, personally contacting my legislators and sharing my perspective with them on various concerns such as UXO in Laos, immigration reform, and support for the arts and education. I'm a big believer in the idea that civic engagement and our civic duties don't end on election day but have to be a year-round process to ensure we have an active and vibrant representative process.

HT: Could you please describe your duties Director of Outreach and Inclusion in Senate District 59 for the DFL?

BTW: I'm one of several directors who will be helping to DFL to achieve diversity in perspective and representation. We're responsible for developing and implementing an outreach and inclusion plan. We'll be seeking ways to establish relationships with groups or individuals residing in the boundaries of Senate District 59 who might otherwise be underrepresented and/or not yet active in the Party.

HT: Who is your main contact for this position and do you know if this is a new position?

BTW: These positions have been around for a while, but in Senate District 59 I'll be reporting to Jeff Strand, the district chair of the DFL there. This district covers North Minneapolis, the Warehouse District, Elliot Park, parts of downtown Minneapolis and Bryn Mawr.

HT: What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

BTW: A significant part of my focus will be engaging Southeast Asian Americans and other constituents with refugee backgrounds such as the Oromo community. But I'd love to see everyone involved with these community issues and enter into a positive and constructive dialogue on where we can all go as Americans both in the U.S. and abroad. I don't want any of us to take what we've built together for granted, as I'm consistently reminded of the words of the late Senator Paul Wellstone: "We all do better when we all do better."

HT: Anything else you would like to add?

BTW: I'd love to hear from all of you, and if there are places where you feel we need to be, let me know.

Bryan Thao Worra can be reached at thaoworra@gmail.com.

St. Paul, MN



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