“I’ve spent my entire life in King County. My parents fled the Vietnam War, and as refugees were resettled into public housing in White Center. My parents both worked hard to support my siblings and me, but we were raised by a village.
When my father was in a terrible car accident, it was only because of the support of our friends, neighbors, and sometimes complete strangers that we made it through those years. Back then, White Center was a hub for resettled immigrants, refugees, and folks just trying to get by—all of them in search of a brighter future for their families.
That’s the story of King County. We have always been a beacon of hope, at the forefront of innovation, and believers in an ethic that hard work will secure you and your family’s future. That’s my American Dream story. Some say it’s remarkable to have made it where I am today – the first Vietnamese American elected to the Washington Senate. That I’m one of the lucky ones.
But it shouldn’t require luck to succeed in Martin Luther King Jr. County. We must choose a better future for ourselves.”