The campaign for the First District Supervisoral seat is getting geared up and it should be hotly contested and quite entertaining. The race featuring Republicans Janet Nguyen and Dina Nguyen and Democrat Hoa Van Tran will decide who represents central Orange County on the Board of Supervisors. Janet, the incumbent, and Dina, a Garden Grove city councilwoman, are somewhat known political entities, whereas Hoa is essentially an unknown.
While Janet and Dina may have the benefit of being able to tout their political experience, they also must be burdened with the political baggage they have accumalated. First and foremost of which is their detachment from the Latino community. Janet ran a very anti-Latino campaign when she ran for the First District seat in the special election and Dina is closely alligned with Assemblyman Van Tran and his anti-Latino rhetoric. Hoa on the other hand recognizes the value and importance of all immigrants. Hoa understands that immigrants, be they Mexican, El Salvadoran, Korean, German, Vietnamese or any other group that I may have missed, have added great social value to our community and have aided tremendously in the economic revitilization to the core of central Orange County.
I think that the perfect metaphor for this race is a bridge. This race is about building bridges and creating communities. This race is about electing someone who can bring the residents of central Orange County together and who can provide the leadership necessary to provide a better quality of life regardless of their race or socioeconomic level. So my apologies to Clint Eastwood (Bridges of Madison County), this election should be entitled “The Bridges of Orange County”.
As I have previously written Supervisor Janet Nguyen proposes that we spend $2,500,000 on pedestrian bridge in the heart of Little Saigon. This bridge will be of little value to the residents of the First District, however it will be of tremendous value to one of Janet’s big money donors, Frank Jao. This bridge will connect properties owned by Jao, increasing their profits and their value all on the taxpayers dime.
Janet and Dina (by way of Van Tran) have also done their best to burn bridges between the Vietnamese and Latino communities. Rather than trying to find the logical common bonds between these communities, Janet and the “Trannies” have chosen to exploit the fears and ignorance that exist in these immigrant communities and have played one side against the other.
During the special election Janet sent out mailers claiming that Vietnamese immigrated to America “the right way”, whereas Latino’s did not. This blatant slap at the Latino community must not be forgotten and a $5000 check to buy playground equipment cannot make up for it. Democrats, Latino’s and all voters of good conscience must reject these type of slurs and racially charged propaganda.
The “Trannies” have managed to hold their own with Janet when it comes to bashing the Latino community and Latino immigrants in general. During the special election “Trannie” candidate Truong Nguyen matched Janet’s vile mailers with pieces that bashed the Latino community as well. Recently the “Trannies”, including Dina Nguyen, took a trip to the Mexican border at taxpayers expense for a photo-op and to express their support for the border fence. I guess when all else fails, play the old reliable “hate” card.
Enter Hoa Van Tran. Hoa immigrated to Orange County in 1980 at 15 years old. One of ten children born to a Catholic family, his first job was picking strawberries in the local fields and his second job was that of a janitor. He worked those jobs after spending all day going to school at Bolsa Grande High School. Hoa’s story is not that different from those of many in the Latino immigrant community. It is for that reason that he has such a close connection with and an affinity for the Latino community.
Rather than bashing and scapegoating Latino’s, like Janet and Dina, Hoa wants to continue reaching out to them and to all communities regardless of race and bring the First District together as one community. Rather than supporting the building of a fence like Dina or bridge to benefit a big money donor like Janet, Hoa wants to build bridges between communities. Be they black, brown, yellow or white, Hoa understands that all the residents of the First District, regardless of race, want someone that will represent them and fight for their best interests.
Hoa is the local kid that has made good. He came to America dirt poor and through hard work and determination he has become quite successful. After serving our nation in the US Army for 15 years, fighting in the first Gulf War and rising in the ranks to become a Military Intelligence Officer, he graduated from Santa Ana College, Cal State Long Beach and eventually earned his law degree. Today he is a successful attorney specializing in consumer protection. He is the shining example of the American dream.
On June 3rd the voters of the First Supervisoral District will have a chance to make their voices heard loud and clear sending the message that we are tired of the politics of division. In the race for the Board of Supervisors it is blatantly clear that there is only one choice that is interested in building bridges between our communities and bringing us together as one. That choice is Hoa Van Tran.