SUAB HMONG NEWS (02/18/2016) — Fue Lee is running for Minnesota State Representative for District 59A. The first day of the Minnesota State Democrat Caucus Convention will be on March 1st, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
CLICK HERE to watch Suab Hmong News (Paolee Vang and Neng Xiong) exclusive interview Fue Lee on his vision to run for Minnesota State Representative.
Fue Lee said there are steps in the campaign and election process. “The first step called Present Caucus and the next step called endorsing convention. The present caucus is for the community who support the party to come together to voice their opinions for the candidates and get the opportunity to be a delegate to make decision for the candidates at the endorsing convention” said Fue Lee.
Below is Fue Lee’s biography and vision to run for the Minnesota State Representative District 59A. Taken from Fue Lee’s website www.fuelee.org.
My name is Fue Lee. My family and I came to the United States of America as refugees in 1992 after fleeing persecution in Laos. We first settled in the Minneapolis Hollman project, and then moved to the Harrison neighborhood where I grew up. I called this community home for more than twenty years, and I am proud to tell people I am from North Minneapolis.
North Minneapolis has taught me many things throughout my life, such as the desire for justice, respect for others, and love for my diverse community. Growing up I always knew that I would stay and help the community that raised me. Eventually I graduated from Patrick Henry High School and attended Carleton College to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations.
Restless, I began to look for ways to serve my community and use my passion for civic engagement. I want to secure stronger economic and political equity for those in historically marginalized neighborhoods such as mine. I helped register new voters, became an Election Support Specialist, and served as a legislative staff for the Minnesota House Civil Law and Elections committee. Through these experiences, I immediately saw that low-income and disenfranchised families, especially people of color, were being overlooked and excluded from participating in our democracy.
My passion led me to co-found and become board treasurer of Asian American Organizing Project, which aims to create an equitable and just society for all. Today I am continuing my public service as an advocate for voting rights as a senior administrator for the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon.
I will be seeking the DFL endorsement for State Representative in district 59A. I look forward to hearing from you.
Safer & Stronger Neighborhoods
I will fight to strengthen youth programs, reform our criminal justice system, and create pathways for offenders who want to reintegrate into society.
I will invest in out-of-school learning opportunities to help foster young professionals and better prepare them for life.
A REAL Democracy for All
I will advocate for a more inclusive government where everyone can easily access their right to vote and participate in our democracy.
Economic Justice for Working Families
I will protect workers’ rights through paid sick leave, strengthen job training programs, and foster economic growth by supporting incubators and small businesses.