FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2014
Contact: Derek Humphrey, (951) 805-4167
GARDEN GROVE Firefighters Endorse BAO NGUYEN for mayor
Garden Grove, California – On the heels of picking up formidable endorsements from the Democratic Party of Orange County and the Orange County Labor Federation, today Bao Nguyen won an influential endorsement from the Garden Grove Firefighters Association. Validation from the widely respected Garden Grove Firefighters, who enjoy a trusting relationship with the city’s electorate, gives Nguyen a healthy dose of momentum as Election Day approaches.
“Bao Nguyen is a thoughtful and effective local leader with a plan to bring real reforms to City Government that will increase transparency and accountability,” said Garden Grove Firefighters President Scott Kuhlman. “We believe Bao is the candidate best prepared to grow our local economy, strengthen neighborhood safety, and ensure our kids have the resources they need to succeed. Garden Grove Firefighters are proud to announce our enthusiastic support of his campaign.”
Incumbent Mayor, Bruce Broadwater, is embroiled in a controversy centered on the employment of his son as a Garden Grove Firefighter. Numerous news sources, including the Orange County Register, Voice of OC, and CBS 2/KCAL 9 News have reported on the scandal and Broadwater’s subsequent silence.
Bao Nguyen currently represents over 90% of Garden Grove as a Trustee on the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education. On the School Board, Nguyen successfully led the adoption and implementation of the California State Seal of Biliteracy, an award that recognizes high school graduates for their high academic achievement in world languages in addition to English. In addition to his work on the School Board, Nguyen currently serves on the Orange County Fair Board of Directors and is a member of the Commission on Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
Born in a refugee camp, Nguyen arrived to the United States at three months of age. He holds a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of California at Irvine, a master’s in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies from Naropa University, and is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.