Thursday, October 20, 2011

VVA at Mason District Council’s Candidate’s Debate

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For Immediate Release
October 20, 2011
Vel Hernandez, (703)362-7873

VVA at Mason District Council’s Candidate’s Debate

ANNANDALE, Va. --- Voice of Vietnamese Americans attended the candidate forum in Mason District, Va. on Monday, October 17 hosted by the Mason District Council with League of Women’s Voters in Annandale. Mason District Supervisor candidates David Feld (R) and Penny Gross (D-incumbent), among other candidates, were present and debated issues.

“Though lacking a high turnout from the Asian, Latino and other communities, the forum was informative. Provoking questions were answered with earnest responses from the candidates,” Genie Nguyen, VVA President, said.

Vietnamese Americans attended the forum included Ms. Nguyen, LTC Tuan Ton, Mrs. Thu Hang Ton and Mr. Nguyen Cao Nguyen. There were not any Latino American voters, nor other Asian American voters. As a result, though the discussion did cover many different aspects of the community, it did not include the voice from communities of color, Ms. Nguyen said.

Mason District, which is home to just under 116,000 residents according to the 2010 census, prides itself as a very diverse area with 22% who are Asian Americans. The district is also home to a dense population of Latino Americans. The diverse makeup of this bustling suburban district reflects the group of candidates, such as Ilryong Moon (Independent, Korean American) and Lolita L. Mancheno-Smoak (Independent, Latino American), who are candidates for At-Large School Board and who were also present at the event.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans thanks the Mason District Council and the League of Women Voters for organizing the forum. VVA would like to invite the event hosts and all members of the area’s ethnic communities in Mason District to come out and participate in VVA’s Candidate Forum of Virginia State Senate, House, County Board, Sheriff and other candidates, next week on October 28.

Date: Friday, October 28, 2011, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Mason District Government Center
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Government Center Phone: 703-256-7717, TTY 711

“Mason District is the home for thousands of Americans who represent different cultures and races, which illuminate the essence of our United States Constitution. We strive everyday to contribute positively to this community,” Ms. Nguyen said.

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