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3/28/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Foung Hawj is seeking DFL endorsement at the Senate District Convention.
Foung Hawj is running for the Senate. (Photo taken by Yeng Lor)
St. Paul, MN - Foung Hawj was one of the nine DFL candidates who ran in 2010 in the DFL primary for the district 67 state senate seat after Senator Mee Moua decided not to seek re-election to her fourth term, and retired from public office. He is seeking his party endorsement on March 31st, at Harding High School, 1540 East 6th Street Saint Paul, MN 55106, against the current incumbent and another candidate. Foung says "I am running for the state senate seat because foreclosure remains a problem, our local job markets are still at the lower margins and people need help. What I can do is bringing people together for better and inclusive policies. We will make the East Side stronger through community involvement."

Foung Hawj's top priorities include Foreclosure Prevention, Job Development and Training, Quality Education, Better Healthcare for Seniors, and Environmental and Green Initiatives.

Foung Hawj grew up in Laos during the Vietnam War until his family had to flee government persecution and started a new life in America. He has lived in St. Paul for the past 21 years and is a successful small business owner, producing community education video for clients in the Twin Cities. Hawj graduated with Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Media Arts from the University of Kansas and a Master's degree in Applied Science and Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Besides work, he has been an active volunteer, serving on many organizations such as St. Paul's District 2 Council, Minneapolis Foundation's Technology Steering Committee, Hmong Chamber of Commerce, and - currently - the Gateway Food Initiative Coop. He co-founded the Hmong-American DFL Caucus in the early 90's and has been an active fundraiser for many Democratic candidates since 2004. He also served as DFL Precinct Chair in Senate District 67.

On March 31st, he will be asking his fellow DFL delegates in the district to endorse him. "I believe that fair representation in our party and at the Capitol needs to include all members of our community." If endorsed, Hawj promises to work hard for the people of Minnesota and be accessible to all constituents on the East Side.

Contact: Noel Lee (651) 402-7897 or

Foung Hawj

Phone: (651) 592-3129

Email: founghawj@yahoo.com


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