Democrat Hung Nguyen, a Fairfax (VA) resident who owns a small IT consulting business, is challenging the incumbent LeMunyon (R), who was elected in 2009, for state representative seat in House of Delegates District 67th. Hung Nguyen, who grew up in San Jose, is a seasoned community activist for Vietnamese causes but a novice politician.
He is married to a Korean-American and is hoping that a big turn out of Asian and Hispanic voters to win in a moderate district. The district is about 21% Asian and 11% Hispanic. However, the Hispanic turn-out has been relatively low during off year election.
He is a good speaker and a quick learner. He was the president of National Congress of Vietnamese-Americans, a nonprofit foundation established by an anti- communist activist and author Nguyen Ngoc Bich and his friends in Virginia.
His opportunistic decision 3 months ago to run (since the incumbent was running unopposed) and his inexperience in running a campaign are giving him a slow start. Whether he could raise enough money and quickly build a staff to have a chance against an incumbent is remained to be seen. Hung Nguyen is clearly an underdog but politically, it is a win-win campaign for him even if he loses.
Below is a video of his candidacy announcement: