Friday, February 1, 2008


U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that four influential leaders from California's Vietnamese-American community have endorsed John McCain for president.
California Assemblyman Van Tran, Westminister City Council Member Tri Ta, Garden Grove City Council Member Dina Nguyen, and Midway City Sanitary District Member Truong Diep will all serve on the Advisory Committee of Asian-Americans for John McCain.
"I am very proud to support John McCain, a man who has done so much for America and for Asian-Americans across our nation," said Assemblyman Tran. "He clearly is the best candidate to represent all Americans in the White House."
John McCain thanked the group, stating, "I am proud to have the support of these distinguished members of the Vietnamese-American community. We have worked together in the past, and I look forward to their support as we work toward victory in California on Super Tuesday."
Assemblyman Van Tran is the highest ranking Vietnamese-American elected official in the nation. Assemblyman Tran was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2004 and serves as an Assistant Republican Leader in the Assembly. He represents the 68th Assembly District in Orange County, including the cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Stanton, and Westminster. Assemblyman Tran's family first came to America in 1975, evacuated by the U.S. Army a week before the fall of Saigon.
Councilmember Tri Ta was elected to the Westminster City Council in November, 2006. Prior to his election, he served on the city's Energy Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Disabled. Councilmember Ta was born in Saigon, Vietnam. He came to the United States with his family in 1992 at the age of nineteen.
Council Member Dina Nguyen was elected to the Garden Grove City Council in November, 2006. Prior to her election, she served as a commissioner on the Garden Grove Neighborhood Improvement and Conservation Commission. Councilmember Nguyen has lived in Orange County since arriving in California in 1977.
Sanitary District Member Truong Diep was elected to the Midway City Sanitary District in November, 2006 and is the youngest elected official in Orange County. District Member Diep and his family resettled in Southern California from Vietnam in 1991.

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