Friday, October 5, 2012

Keith Khoa Nguyen and Scott Hung Pham both Resigned

In a strange coincidental set of circumstances, Keith Khoa Nguyen and Scott Hung Pham both resigned recently from their respective school boards.   Nguyen resigned last month from Franklin Mckinley School District while Pham did the same with Alum Rock Union School District in early August.  Both were elected in 2010.  

Betty Duong, a one time aide to former Assemblyman Joe Coto, was lobbying hard for the appointment but the board chose a Hispanic candidate instead  despite the fact that school district has 25% Vietnamese-American students.

Keith Khoa Nguyen also left his position as policy analyst for Mayor Chuck Reed earlier this year.  Nguyen decided to leave politics for now is a suprise since he had talked about running for District 7 city council  in 2014.

While the dust has not settled at all for the 2012 election cycle, the conventional wisdom has it that the policeman Tam Truong is planning his next political move in District 7 to replace his close friend Madison Nguyen in 2014.   It is widely expected that Madison Nguyen will be running for mayor against Dave Cortese and perhaps Sam Liccardo. 

Truong has the look and credential to be the next city councilmember.

Truong's plan is no comfort to Cam Van Le, trustee of East Side Unified School District.  Recently, she has aksed her friend and real estate agent, Amy Duong, to help her look for a house in District 7.   Le has been thinking aloud about her next political career move.   However, being quite cautious by nature,  Le has been asking everybody she could get a hold of about the latest rumors of who is running in District 7.  If there are more than two Vietnamese-American candidates running in District 7, she might set her sight for District 8 instead which is at least 4 years away. 

So where would somebody like Betty Duong fits in if she is thinking about a city council seat?   LSI would think District 4 is wide open for her since she does have the name recognition in the Vietnamese-American community as a lawyer as well as her charitable work.   


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