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Longtime Garden Grove school board member is running for mayor

Lan Nguyen, a trustee at Garden Grove Unified School District, is running for mayor.

Nguyen, an attorney, wants to bring “renewed energy and optimism to City Hall,” he said.

“I have spent over 30 years fighting for the vulnerable people and advocating for my community,” said Nguyen. “Garden Grove will need a strong voice that speaks for the interest of its residents on a wide range of issues, from economic development to dealing with the need for more affordable housing.”

In the city’s leadership position, Nguyen wants to prioritize funding for public safety, transportation and economic development. He also says he has an understanding of the different demographic groups in Garden Grove, including the low-income immigrant community.

Nguyen was first elected to the school district role in 2002 before winning reelection six times over the years, including in 2022.

“My experience of serving 20 years in the school district will be the best asset this city can have in the election cycle,” Nguyen said. The needs of parents and students in the school district are similar to those of the greater community, Nguyen said, specifically pointing to access to affordable housing.

The 2024 mayoral contest will be an open-seat election to succeed Mayor Steve Jones, who faces term limits. In Garden Grove, the mayor cannot serve four consecutive two-year terms as mayor.

Recently, former Garden Grove councilmember Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen announced her candidacy for the seat as well.

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