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Meet Joe

“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.”

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We are running a truly people-powered, grassroots campaign. It’s going to take all of us, together, to forge a new path for King County. Join us, and let’s #NguyenTogether!

Achieving Our Climate Goals

In one of the wealthiest counties in America, your ZIP code shouldn’t determine your lifespan. We all deserve clean air, water, and land. The drivers of climate change in Washington are well-known: emissions from transportation and our building stock are responsible for the overwhelming majority of greenhouse gas pollution in our state. We have the policy we need to know how to fix it. As executive, I’ll be the leader we need to take equitable and impactful action on behalf of our future.

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Criminal Justice Reform

When I decided to run for the state Senate in 2018, my decision was in part a reaction to the unjust murder of Tommy Le by a King County Sheriff just hours before his graduation. Police violence, and the aftermath of cover ups and narrative twisting, is inexcusable, and the culture of silence of those in charge has to end. As executive, I’ll lead the way on the deep systemic change that has to happen to hold our officers responsible to our communities.

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Housing Affordability and Homelessness

Everyone in King County deserves a safe place to call home. But more than 5 years after declaring homelessness an emergency, our county leadership has only allowed things to get worse. We know what it takes to solve this crisis. By investing boldly in evidence-based solutions, preventative measures, and centering the human dignity of all our neighbors, we can finally make the impact we need to turn things around.

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Just Economy

When I was 7, my father was in a terrible car accident that turned our world upside down. And like too many families are familiar with, the high cost of healthcare made it needlessly difficult on my family mentally, emotionally, and financially. But because that crisis happened before years of disinvestment in our social safety net, we were able to stay housed and fed by relying on programs like TANF and local food banks. That’s why I fought to protect and increase funding for those same programs this year in the state legislature, ensuring the programs families like mine depend on are there for them during this crisis. Digging out from the pandemic is just the beginning though; we need to be investing in people so they can thrive, not just survive.

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Transportation

We have to devote significant resources to increasing the efficiency of mass transit, because too many working people in King County still have commutes similar to mine growing up. When I was 15, my second job was at the IMAX on the waterfront. Getting there would have taken me 15 minutes by car, but since my family couldn’t afford one for me, I spent an hour and a half commuting by bus. By investing in our local public transit systems, accelerating the expansion of Sound Transit and making sure all our routes are efficient, fully-funded, and well-connected, we have the chance to reimagine how we’re able to get around in our County. Let’s make our region world class in modern transportation systems.

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News

Joe Nguyen Is Running for King County Executive

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Over the course of his three years [Sen. Nguyen] introduced (what shouldn't be but are) aspirational bills to tax excess compensation and to eliminate bullshit traffic stops. He passed bills to expand the state's welfare program and to invest more money in its dried up coffers, create a better-trained pool of police arbitrators, place restrictions on attempts to scan our faces, and institute a progressive tweak to the real estate excise tax that raised cash money.

State Sen. Joe Nguyen challenges Dow Constantine for King County executive

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"What's interesting is that people have shown that they need leaders who will step up and do the work and not just show up for photo ops or press conferences," Nguyen said. "Candidly, I ran for office against 11 other people that I wasn't supposed to win, because I wasn't part of the political establishment. I think right now, people are just tired of how politics works or doesn't work."

Joe Nguyen challenging Dow Constantine for King County executive

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“I want to run because I think the pandemic really exposed a lot of inequities communities have faced for a long time,” Nguyen said Monday. “For too long we have had leaders who haven’t delivered for the community on things that are important for all of us.” Nguyen, the son of Vietnamese refugees, added, “When you have been impacted by a failed policy in the past, it gives you the sense of urgency to fight to fix them in the future as well.”