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In my two years, I’m proud to have focused legislation on social justice, affordable housing, road and pedestrian safety, and parks and green spaces


"My whole life has prepared me for the position of Councilmember for Ward 1. I was born in Laos and escaped the communist regime there as a youth. I survived refugee camps in Thailand and came to Minneapolis, where I grew up in a housing project. I know what it means to struggle for survival, to work hard to get ahead, to be determined and to have hope.

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We approved Paid Parental Leave, secured pool vouchers for low-income youth and supported the Women’s Economic Security Act, ensuring all women contractors are paid the same as men.



To reach Councilmember Dai Thao please contact the Ward 1 office at:

Dai Thao,  Councilmember |
Mai Chong Xiong, Legislative Aide
Joanna Zimny, Executive Assistant |

310-A City Hall
15 Kellogg Blvd., West
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Ph: (651) 266-8610   Fx: (651) 266-8574

Dear Neighbors, 

Please vote for me as your 1st Choice on November 5th, for St. Paul City Council Ward 1. For too long the benefits of progress in Ward 1 have bypassed its people and gone to people who don't live here or work here. That is because the people of Ward 1 haven’t been at the table when decisions have been made. 

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Ward 1 is a community of resilient survivors, problem-solvers and entrepreneurs. We’re hard-working and want our fair share. 

We want to make a better life for ourselves and our kids. But we look around and there are so many obstacles to opportunity.

We hoped that if we worked hard our kids wouldn't face the same roadblocks we did. But they do.

I want to fix that. If you believe as I believe, that our diversity is our strength, if we look past the fear of people who don’t look like us, if we work together, we can give the good people of Ward 1 a seat at the table, and exert pressure on the levers of opportunity so that the benefits of progress in Ward 1 go to the people of Ward 1. 

 Labor Endorsed

Deep down in my heart, I know that despite the fact that we come from different backgrounds, lived different childhoods, have different education, are of different culture and different race; we all share a common destiny. Time, history, and fate have brought ALL of us here together in the pursuit of a good life we can be proud of. I know that you and I are interconnected, that my three children’s quality of life depends on your children’s quality of life. 

I know that we must not fail them here. We must not fail them now. We must put a stop to the isolation of communities and neighborhoods. We must begin to heal the trust in each other and thrive together. For too long we've just been surviving. It is time for us to thrive!

I have committed myself to you and your future. Now I am asking you to commit yourself to a dream we can co-create together.


Please join my campaign today and let’s thrive together in Ward1.





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