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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 78

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Huy "Jean-Huy" Tran

Community Organizer/Advocate
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing civic engagement in the Asian American communities through voter education & more Asian American representation in government
  • Advocating for criminal justice reform, social & racial justice & equity, rent stabilization, homelessness & affordable housing
  • Demand a transparency & accountability in our government, as well as money out of politic & clean election.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Controller, Volunteer Community Organizer/Advocate
Controller, Clearly Amazing Outlook (2015–current)

Education

University of California, Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts, Psychology & Sociology (1999)

Community Activities

Core Member/President, Viet Vote (2018–current)
Co-Leader, Indivisible San Diego Central/Persist (2017–current)
Internal Vice-President, SD Progressive Democratic Club (2019–current)
President, San Diego AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Democratic Club (2019–current)
Treasurer, We The People SD (2018–current)

Biography

I am a Vietnamese immigrant who migrated to US in 1990. I graduated from UCLA and was the first in my family to earn a college degree.  With a background in the accounting field for over 20 years, I currently serve as Controller for a private company with multi-state branches.

Outside of work, I have been a volunteer community organizer working with many different organizations, including Indivisible SD Persist, Viet Vote, the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Democratic Club, San Diego Progressive Democratic Club, and We The People San Diego. My volunteer work focuses mainly on the issues of Criminal Justice Reform, Racial Justice, Income Inequality, Social Equity, Rent Stabilization, Voter Education, Affordable Housing and other issues affecting the homeless population.  I have worked to successfully make change at the local government level as well as in State legislation.

Currently, I am devoting most of my attention to increase more AAPI voting and civic engagement on issues that are important to AAPI communities. Recognizing the lack of AAPI representation in our government, I also want to create a stronger AAPI political network to provide support for progressive AAPI candidates running for office.

 

I also serve on the steering committee of the TRUST SD Coalition - a coalition of over 30 community groups organizing around the issue of Mass Surveillance Technology.  Trust SD works to increase awareness of surveillance technology currently being used, how that technology affects the public, and advocates for more transparency in our government and creation and adoption of a surveillance technology oversight policy.

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Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters San Diego (LWVSD) and the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (LWVNCSD) (3)

If elected, how much time and energy will you be able to devote to this volunteer position over the next four years, given your other personal and professional obligations?
Answer from Huy "Jean-Huy" Tran:
If elected, I will devote a lot of time & energy to this volunteer position. Given that there is a lack of AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) representation in all level of government & many political spaces, I want to take the opportunity to lend my perspective of a progressive queer AAPI in conversations where policies & decisions are made to ensure more equity to my community.
What is the most significant challenge facing this party in the next decade, and if you are elected, how will you help the party prepare to meet it?
Answer from Huy "Jean-Huy" Tran:
I believe that the Democratic Party has not really spoken to the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community. I would like the opportunity to work & bridge that gap, by being the trusted messenger to advocate the Democratic values to my community. I will work to increase the civic engagement within the AAPI community as well as improving the representation of progressive AAPI in political spaces.
What public figures, past and present, do you believe have given the most postive examples of what this party stands for? Please explain your reasons for thinking so.
Answer from Huy "Jean-Huy" Tran:

I admire the Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber a lot while working to push for her bill AB392 (Peace Officers: Deadly Force) to increase more police accountabily against their use of deadly force against POC community. I watched her remained true to her integrity & moral values, standing firm on what she believed is right for her community.  

I also admire the Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher for her work to bring more economic justice with the power of labor union to leverage more pay increases for workers. The same work body also ensure more gender economic justice for women labor as well. But what I admire most about her is her frankness, accessibility to constituents & always address the issue head-on, even in the most controversial bills. 

These two women are strong & never shy away from difficult conversations are what I believe in the Democratic party, and where it stands.  Our fights to bring economic, social & racial justice for the oppressed are never easy, but these leaders stand firm, unapologetic of those fights which brings me hope.   

 

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe in many progressive ideas because these changes we need to bring social, economic, gender & racial justice & equity to the underserved & oppressed. We are living in a society where Black folks are subjected to police brutality & deadly force & racial profiling & mass incarceration, a society where voting rights are suppressed, a society where women are paid less than men, a society where POC are not represented enough & not having a seat at the table where policies are discussed, a society where healthcare is not accessible or affordable to all, a society where income inequality is so great that the working class are vulnerable to become homelessness, and a society where the 1% & corporations are not paying their fair share of taxes & contribution, a society where our environment are constantly being damaged by human's reckless & abuse, and a society where our immigrants are degraded as second citizens without rights & children are separated from their parents & locked up in cages.

 

I believe in Medicare for All, Green New Deal & Climate Change emergency to raise awareness for better policies that will help us to protect our environment, Voting Rights for folks who have done their time, Equal Pay for women, Rent Stabilization to help poor folks allowing them to keep a roof over them for shelter. I will continue to advocate for policies that will not criminalize our Homeless folks & treat them with humanity & compassion, policies that protects & supports immigrants & refugees as we are all immigrants, laws that will decriminalize poor & Black & POC folks against mass incarceration, and bills that will require the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes & contribution to this society.  

 

But most of all, I am advocating most for a transparency in our government as well as clean election & politics. We cannot expect to take corporate's money & donations, and not feeling the pressure of those lobby interest in shaping policies with progressive values. If we are to build a trust again with the people for our government, we will need to take these notion of transparency & corporate-free with seriousness, and a clean election process to encourage the public to participate in a true democracy. 

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