Dear Friends, Family and Neighbors,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 120 friends, familyÂ and supporters who came out to join me for my Campaign Kickoff this past Sunday March 21st. I want to especially thank those who spoke at the event as well as all of the Event Hosts (please see the list below). Your presence and encouragement meant a great deal to me, and I felt extremely honored and grateful to haveÂ you there with me, as I officially declared by candidacy to represent District 19 in the Maryland House of Delegates.
I also want to thank all of those who sent me messages of support and donations, even though you couldnât attend. Attached is a copy of the post event press release and pictures for your perusal.
I look forward to your continued support and hope to see you at our BUSINESS AND NETWORKING SOCIAL EVENTscheduled for Saturday April 24th @ 7-9pm in Fairfax, VA. Save The Date!
March 21, 2010
Mistress of Ceremonies:
Ms. Ginny Gong, Immediate Past National President of Organization of Chinese Americans
Special Remarks By:
Mr. Anis Ahmed, Governorâs Commission on Asian Pacific American AffairsDr. Bob Anastasi, Retired School PrincipalDr. Ruth Burgos-Sasscer, Higher Education Consultant and Former Community CollegeChancellorMr. Wilbur Friedman, Retired Federal WorkerMr. Maury Hodak, Treasurer forFriends of Hoan DangMs. Amie Jallah, Metropolitan Community Development CorporationMs. Carmen Larsen, Hispanic Chamber of CommerceDr. Michael Lin, Former National President of Organization of Chinese AmericansMr. Ray Moreno, IMPACT Silver SpringMs. Genie Nguyen, Chair of Voice of Vietnamese AmericansMs. Jane Nishida, Former Maryland Secretary of the Environment andcurrent Chair of Governorâs Commission on Asian Pacific American AffairsMs. Tuyet Tran, School CounselorDr. Sovan Tun, President of Cambodian Buddhist SocietyMs. Beth Wong, Philippine American Chamber of CommercePlease Note:Â Â Organization affiliations are listed for identification purposes only and do not imply anendorsement from the organization.
Tufail Ahmad, Montgomery County Muslim Community â Anis Ahmed, Governorâs Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs âBob Anastasi, Retired School Principal â Â Ruth Burgos-Sasscer,Higher Education Consultant and Former Community College Chancellor â John Cabrera,President of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce â Elizabeth Chung â George Dang,Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerceâ Reggie Felton, George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy â Ginny Gong, Immediate Past National President of Organization of Chinese Americansâ Maury Hodak, Treasurer for Friends of Hoan Dang â Song Hutchins,Founding Chair ofAsian Real Estate Association of America-DC Metro Chapter â Amie Jallah,Metropolitan Community Development Corporation â David and JoAnn Krecke â Minh Le âÂ Michael Lin, Former National President of Organization of Chinese Americans â Genie Nguyen, Chair of Voice of Vietnamese Americans â Jane Nishida, Chair of Governorâs Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and Former Maryland Secretary of the Environment â Fred Quan â Thanit Thangpijaigul, Wat Thai Washington DC âTuyet Tran, School Counselor â Craig Uchida, Justice & Security Strategies, Inc.
Printed In-House. Authority: Friends of Hoan Dang, Maury Hodak, Treasurer.Â
Printed In-House. Authority: Friends of Hoan Dang, Maury Hodak, Treasurer
www.HoanDang.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2010
From: Friends of Hoan Dang
Contact: Ira Ungar, 240-516-8109, FriendsOfHoanDang@gmail.com (photos available upon request)
Silver Spring, MD – On March 21, 2010, before more than 120 supporters at Glenallan Elementary School, community
activist Hoan Dang kicked off his campaign as a candidate to represent District 19 in the Maryland House of Delegates. His
supporters reflected the ethnic and economic diversity of his district, and spoke of Mr. Dangs 25 years of community
service, civic engagement and leadership.
Individuals from community and business organizations, who spoke of Hoans dependability, persistence, and commitment
to the community over the years, included: Mr. Anis Ahmed, Governors Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs,
Dr. Bob Anastasi, Retired School Principal, Dr. Ruth Burgos-Sasscer, Higher Education Consultant and Former
Community College Chancellor, Mr. Wilbur Friedman, Retired Federal Worker, Mr. Maury Hodak, Treasurer for
Friends of Hoan Dang, Ms. Amie Jallah, Metropolitan Community Development Corporation, Ms. Carmen Larsen,
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Michael Lin, Former National President of Organization of Chinese Americans,
Mr. Ray Moreno, IMPACT Silver Spring, Ms. Genie Nguyen, Chair of Voice of Vietnamese Americans, Ms. Jane Nishida,
Former Maryland Secretary of the Environment and current Chair of Governors Commission on Asian Pacific American
Affairs, Ms. Tuyet Tran, School Counselor, Dr. Sovan Tun, President of Cambodian Buddhist Society, and Ms. Beth
Wong, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Ms. Ginny Gong, Immediate Past
President of Organization of Chinese Americans. (Please Note: Organization affiliations are listed for identification
purposes only and do not imply an endorsement from the organization.) Mr. George Leventhal, Member of the Montgomery
County Council, and Dr. Judy Docca, Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, were also present and gave
supporting comments. Also in attendance was Mr. Timothy Hwang, Student Member of the Montgomery County Board of
Education, and Mr. Dangs 93-year old grandfather who led his 19-member extended family to Annapolis, MD 35 years
earlier, after they had fled Vietnam two days before Saigon fell.
A graduate of Walt Whitman High School, Mr. Dang received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt
University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He worked as an engineer for NOAA/National Weather Service,
and as a senior financial analyst and corporate auditor for a Fortune 100 company in Maryland. He is the Immediate Past
President of the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association, Co-Founder and Immediate Past Chair of the Asian American
Health Initiative, former Vice President of IMPACT Silver Spring, former Scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America Troop
1794, and Board Member of the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy. Mr. Dang shared stories and ideas of what was
meaningful to him and how he had arrived to his candidacy, including bringing District 19 constituents to Annapolis to
successfully testify on bills relevant to their lives, and create their own trade association.
Mr. Dang spoke about making government more accessible and efficient. His proposals included incentivizing agencies to
be more cost-effective, and opening the legislative process in Annapolis, through internet videoconferencing and other
means, which would enable and empower citizens from all over Maryland to present live testimony before the legislature
without having to travel to Annapolis.
Mr. Dang pledged to make Maryland a top jobs destination, which would also expand the governments revenue base. He
proposed providing tax incentives, expanding social and educational support services, developing an educated and healthy
workforce, and reducing traffic congestion and commuter time. Mr. Dang committed to preparing todays youths with
technical training for vocational careers and up-to-date education for future careers in hi-tech, biotech, healthcare and green
industries. Mr. Dang spoke about capturing funds from President Obamas stimulus package for District 19 and Montgomery
County, and making our economy future-ready with green industries, smarter energy-efficient buildings, and other
environmentally friendly industries.
Mr. Dang said we would include seniors in educational and health initiatives, and in the delivery and enjoyment of a wide
array of county services, including for those who have limited English proficiency. Other proposals include maintaining and
improving Montgomery Countys high quality of life through an expansion of early childhood education and senior services.
Mr. Dang called out for ordinary citizens and leaders in every community to join him in his campaign to make Maryland a
better place for all to live, work and prosper. His education, professional experience, and dedication to the community make
him an ideal candidate to represent District 19 in the Maryland House of Delegates. (Note: District 19 includes parts of Silver
Spring, Wheaton, Aspen Hill, Leisure World, Olney, Laytonsville, and unincorporated areas of Rockville and Gaithersburg.)