Suab Hmong News exclusive interviewed Kazoua Kong-Thao on her is being running for the position of Ward one of City Council in the city of St. Paul in the state of Minnesota.
Click here to watch Paolee Vang, Reporter for Suab Hmong News, interviewed Kazoua Kong-Thao.
Taken from Kazoua Kong-Thao page:
If elected as your Ward 1 Saint Paul City Councilwoman, I will focus on “Leading Collaborative Communities” for positive change to immediately address the four community issues outlined below. Thanks in advance for supporting my vision for all Saint Paul residents:
Central Corridor Development: “I see several opportunities to help complete this critical community development project to benefit the transportation and economic needs of our Ward 1 community. As the light-rail project is completed, I will focus on developing a pleasing urban street-scape, improving parking limitations and creating additional partnerships with local minority and women owned contractors to complete this project and bring revenue back to our city’s small business owners. I seek to create construction and job apprentice programs, additional small business opportunities, functional pedestrian amenities and property tax caps for fixed income residents.”
Education Advocacy: “As a former St. Paul Public Schools Board of Education Chair, an alumnus of Saint Paul Public Schools, and the mother of four Saint Paul Public School students and graduates, I am passionate about improving education outcomes for all St. Paul children regardless of ethnic or economic background. I intend to offer community action plans to improve the implementation of Wilder Foundation’s federally-funded Promise Neighborhood plan to help all children achieve their full-potential. I will also lobby to halt the widening achievement gap for children of color in our communities and improve the graduation rate for all children within our District. Through my community engagement network with immigrant communities and parents, I look forward to being a champion for an improved educational future all Minnesota children.”
Public Safety: “I am greatly concerned with improving public safety for Saint. Paul residents and halting the increase of shooting incidents, inside and outside of Ward 1. Through collaboration with the Saint Paul Police Department, I will seek to improve public safety, reduce gun violence and improve the quality of life for all Saint Paul residents. Community support from you will be critical, but I look forward to implementing additional city-based youth programs and out-of-school activities that will lead our students to civic empowerment and away from a life of suspension and crime.”
Housing Initiatives: “Housing inequities in our city creates other issues including poverty, transient children and families and decreased property values. I intend to work with local real estate and community developers to redesign a city-living plan that make sense for St. Paul residents from all walks of life, that attracts more families to reside in our neighborhoods and draws us closer as a collaborative community.”