Huy Tran made it official with his campaign kickoff last weekend at Cataldi Park. Despite pouring rain, over 70 supporters showed up to share their enthusiasm for his campaign. Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D) gave praises about Tran as an activist on many issues affecting San Jose. Milpitas Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez and Fremont Vice Mayor Raj Salwat were also at the event.
There are currently two candidates vying to unseat the incumbent Lan Diep who won the election 4 years ago by 28 votes to another incumbent Manh Nguyen. Lan Diep's lip service, self-center personality, and his disloyal to supporters remind Vietnamese-American voters of the controversial former City Councilmember Madison Nguyen. This tension created by Diep opens the door for David Cohen, a school board trustee, and Huy Tran.
The district is predominately Asian-American with about 20% Vietnamese-American registered voters. The rest of the breakdown is 11.6% Chinese American, 9% Filipino, 5% Indian-American and 14.4% Latino.
Huy Tran is a lawyer specializes in labor law. Until recently, he served on the Housing and Community Development Commission. He is well known and liked in the Vietnamese-American community.