Nguyen: Enter the Campaign

Once the districting process in Garden Grove drew to a close I spent of lot time in self-reflection. I focused a lot on “lessons learned.”

The mapping process was contentious but it allowed me to showcase my strengths and helped me grow as an individual. I was able to see, even more clearly, not only the differences throughout the city but the similarities. We all wanted the same thing we just had a different way of going about achieving it.

I witnessed the same strong voice of individuals speaking out on behalf of their community but definitely a lack in participation from groups who were major stakeholders in this process. Working with community leaders we were able to draw out a crowd of “new” faces.

It became clear to me that East Garden Grove wanted to be heard, they just needed a little push in the right direction; someone to show them that their voices mattered and were equally important.

East Garden Grove is a wonderful area that has been neglected for too long. It is filled with hard working families and youth that strive every day to overcome too many obstacles.

I’m a product of this community. Not only did I attend the schools and live in District 6 for over 15 years but the families here helped raise me. They opened their homes to me, fed me after school, and pushed me to always strive for better. Most importantly, they taught me to be resilient and because of that I decided this was the right time to step up to the plate. I want to be their voice, to be their conduit for change that is desperately needed.

In addition, the city of Garden Grove is at a crossroads. Our City Council is expanding to seven members from five and the majority of the council will be new members. There are many issues facing the city that will affect East Garden Grove in particular and there are ideas l have that will help lead Garden Grove into the next 60 years.

I want to be a strong voice advocating for the community to bring strong economic development to the Harbor corridor. I want to introduce innovative ideas that will help bring more revenue to the city so we can fully staff our police and fire department. I also want to take the lead in creating a closer relationship with the Garden Grove Unified School District to creat joint use agreements to add more recreational space to East Garden Grove.

If elected I will be the first Asian Latina, fifth woman and youngest person elected to Garden Grove City Council. While history may be made if elected, what matters most is bringing the representation and change to East Garden Grove they have been waiting for too many years to see.

Kim Nguyen, Garden Grove Resident,  Santiago High School Alumni and candidate for Garden Grove City Council, District 6.

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  • yati

    How about some more background? What is her experience? Any public office experience? Where did you go to college? What was your major? Did you graduate? What are your political views? What are your 3 biggest concerns for the district? I’ve seen too many Asians voted into OC’s city officials that didn’t do much once they were in office. Don’t get me started with the amount of Vietnamese corruption among public officials. This blog is more like a college entrance essay than anything that merits serious consideration for city councilmen.

    • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

      yati … they, Voice, updated this opinion piece with a link to this candidate’s website to answer your questions …

  • John Claxton

    I think it’s great that she is running. She is very energetic, charasmatic, and very articulate. Not one of the same old players! I would vote for her if I lived a mile south!

    • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

      All politicians are energetic, charismatic and articulate when they run for office. Once in office, they don’t know you from Adam, Sandler. It’s in the guidelines. “Psyche! “

  • David Zenger

    That’s sad. Not a single original idea to lead GG “into the next 60 years.” Just the same ol’ junk.

    Also, this is NOT an opinion piece, this is a free campaign ad. I hope Voice shows up on her Form 460.

    • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

      Kim is of the opine that she should represent my neighborhood, in district seis/sau/six, due to the history making candidacy of her dual ethnicity! Never had a Latina-Vietnamesa dun dat before in dis here citay. Duh. Obvious. Hello? Hola? Chao ban?

      • Paul Lucas

        Tell us how you really feel! lol

        • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

          Yes, sirree. Speak your mind, ride a fast horse.

    • @Dan Chmielewski

      Says Dave Zenger, a man who only exists to post comments to blogs opining on how terrible everyone but him is; tell me Dave, are you paid by comment per comment? Ms. Nguyen has a job and is running to better her city and yet, that’s not good enough for an unemployed fired county employee like you. Go back and do anything paint-by-numbers landscape while your wife pays your bills. And I have to wonder why Tom Tait hasn’t hired you — since you’re so smart. Could it be because he’s afraid of his business dealings being exposed by someone incapable of maintaining the term “in confidence?”

  • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

    She seems nice enough. Albeit, there is much doubt among the constituency about her district maps being Gallegos’ handiwork, for this end result. A pop goes the weasel candidacy out of nowhere, that says the candidate will be saving us from ourselves. Some things never change.

    Clearly she does not truly know this area, nor about those who have been quite active historically in this part of town for much longer than she has even been alive. She believes we need “a push in the right direction.” Very offensive. As if the residents are mules, mulas, to be guided down the right path she and the operatives are so privy to. Lack of participation? It was rigged! No one bothers participating, working families do not have the time or energy, to be a part of contrived, rigged systems any more. They send neighborhood reps who report back to all. Be advised, candidate Kim. Judge not.

    What we do very much need are politicians that do not use our city to springboard into a political career, or use our city to enrich themselves, or simply use our city. The last paragraph says it all. This is less about us, and what we do need, but more all about Kim making history.

    Politics, schmolitics … always serving the chosen few, for the chosen few, in lieu of the greater good. Jaded.

    Good luck to all the candidates. May the Integrity, Sincerity and Honesty gods finally wake up and protect the voters slash taxpayers!

  • RyanCantor

    “Kim Nguyen, Garden Grove Resident, Santiago High School Alumni and candidate for Garden Grove City Council, District 6.”


    • David Zenger

      Maybe they don’t teach Latin at Santiago High. But this?

      “…and pushed me to always strive for better”

      Maybe they don’t teach grammar, either. But the other guy’s PR piece in the Voice was truly illiterate.

  • LFOldTimer

    She looks like a nice kid. Somebody should take her aside and politely explain to her what she’s getting into. Generally when you lay down with dogs you get fleas. The old guard has an obligation to protect the sanctity and moral wholesomeness of our youth.