Bao Nguyen Wins Race for Garden Grove Mayor

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Garden Grove, Calif. – Garden Grove Unified School District Trustee Bao Nguyen has won the election for Mayor of Garden Grove. Nguyen’s final margin of victory over Mayor Bruce Broadwater was 15 votes, making it one of the closest contests in California. The Orange County Registrar of Voters is expected to certify the results tomorrow.

“I’m excited to begin the work of instituting common sense reforms and changing the culture at City Hall to be more transparent, efficient, and inclusive,” said Nguyen. “I am grateful to the residents of our city for the confidence they have placed in me and I look forward to working with my new colleagues on the City Council to move Garden Grove forward. I also want to thank Mayor Bruce Broadwater for his many years of service to our city.”

Despite being significantly outspent by the longtime Mayor and Councilmember, Nguyen’s upstart campaign earned powerful endorsements from the Orange County Register, the Orange County Labor Federation, the Garden Grove Firefighters Association, and the Democratic Party of Orange County. Upon his swearing in, Nguyen will become the second Vietnamese American elected mayor of a US city and the first Vietnamese American elected mayor of a US city with over 100,000 residents. At 34, it is believed that he will also become the youngest mayor in Garden Grove history.

Bao Nguyen currently represents over 90% of Garden Grove as a Trustee on the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education. On the School Board, Nguyen successfully led the adoption and implementation of the California State Seal of Biliteracy, an award that recognizes high school graduates for their high academic achievement in world languages in addition to English. In addition to his work on the School Board, Nguyen currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Fair and is a member of the Commission on Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

Born in a refugee camp, Nguyen arrived to the United States at three months of age. He holds a bachelor's in Political Science from the University of California at Irvine, a master's in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies from Naropa University, and is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.