Fresno Councilman Announces Re-Election Plan

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Posted: June 8, 2009 01:40 PM

Fresno Councilman Blong Xiong is hoping to spend more time serving the City of Fresno.

On Monday, Xiong announced he plans to run for re-election in 2010.

"I'm excited we made the decision to stay here, to make our commitment again for another four years," Xiong told KMPH before the announcement.

Xiong has represented District 1 in Fresno since 2006, most recently presiding as its President. Xiong was the first Hmong American ever elected to the Fresno City Council, after coming to America 32 years ago as a refugee.

The announcement came in the same park where he announced plans to run for Fresno City Council four years ago. Xiong said he felt it was "appropriate" to go back to that place which brought him luck all those years ago.

"Times are tougher now at all levels of government and we need prudent and experienced leadership at City Hall," Xiong said, "that is why I am asking the voters for four more years."

Xiong says if re-elected he plans to focus on reinvesting in neighborhoods, bringing more businesses into the community and reducing waste and the cost of running the city.

Many of Xiong's supporters were on hand to watch him announce his bid for re-election. They included Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, Fresno County Superintendent Larry Powell, and Councilmembers Lee Brand and Andreas Borgeas.

"When I make a decision on whether or not I am will endorse a candidate, I consider three major issues," said Sheriff Mims. "First of all their concern for public safety and support of law enforcement. Second, how they live their professional and personal lives and how they conduct themselves, and third are they running for the right reasons."

"He has the spirit of servant leadership," Mims continued, "and that's why I wholeheartedly and proudly endorse Blong Xiong for re-election for City Council.

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