GARDEN GROVE, CA On the heels of announcing back-to-back endorsements from Former State Assemblyman Tom Daly, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, Garden Grove Councilwoman Kim Bernice Nguyen today announced a huge labor endorsement from the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36.
Upon endorsing Ms. Nguyen for Congress, IUPAT District Council 36 Political Director Robert Smith said:
“As a Councilwoman, Kim Bernice Nguyen has always stood up for working families. She helped bring thousands of local, good paying jobs to Garden Grove and we know Kim will be a champion for working men and women in Washington. IUPAT District Council 36 is proud to stand with Kim for Congress and endorse her campaign!”
The strong support continues for Ms. Nguyen. Since announcing her congressional campaign she has amassed over 30 state, county, local, education, and now labor endorsements, showing that she is the Democrat who can win the primary and ultimately defeat Michelle Steel.
The daughter of a Vietnamese refugee and a Mexican immigrant, Kim Bernice Nguyen was the first in her family to graduate high school and college. At just 25, she won a historic election as the youngest person and first Latina ever elected to the Garden Grove City Council. A leader on women’s issues, Ms. Nguyen has stood up to harassment and sought equality and justice throughout Southern California and has fought to ensure that immigrants, like her parents, have the dignity and opportunity to succeed in our communities. A homegrown leader, Ms. Nguyen attended Clinton-Mendenhall Elementary, Doig Intermediate, and Santiago High School. As a healthcare expert, she will bring a much-needed public health background to Congress, having formerly worked for CalOptima and now as a Program Manager for a large health plan.
CA-45 is one of the top pickup opportunities for Democrats in 2024. It is a Biden +6 district with a Democratic registration advantage of 5.6%. Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Latino voters are a majority of the district at 51.6% – with Vietnamese voters making up the largest block of AAPI voters at 58.4%. If elected, Ms. Nguyen would be the first person of Vietnamese descent ever elected to Congress in California and only the third in US history. She would also be the first Asian-Latina in Congress and one of a growing group of millennials seeking to make change on our most crucial issues.