Good luck to Vivian Nguyen

Vivian Nguyen rather soundly defeated longtime councilor Rosa DeFlorio last Tuesday.

Nguyen becomes one of the youngest, if not the youngest woman to ever be elected a city councilor in the city’s history.

She is 21 and a senior at Babson College in Waltham.

She is bright. She is concerned. She is active in the community and her ward, and she appears to have a great future standing before her.

As a Vietnamese woman, her victory is made all the more notable.

She will join Councilor Jimmy Tri Le on the council in January.

Le is also Vietnamese.

At no time in the modern political history of the city have there been two Vietnamese city councilors.

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Vivian Nguyen Announces Run for Ward 5 City Council

Hi! My name is Vivian Nguyen and I wanted to introduce myself as the candidate for Ward 5 City Council. Like many others in Everett, I’m a child of immigrants and refugees who came to America for a better life. For all the places they could have ended up, it was fitting that they moved to Everett. I have only lived in Everett, Massachusetts but the unique culture I was raised with is deeply ingrained in my identity. As a child of immigrants/refugees who grew up low income, I was motivated to run because of personal experiences of not feeling represented in my personal life and in the political world. And as an Asian-American who comes from a family that experienced political intimidation in their home country, it’s important for me to help give unheard voices a platform. I know what it’s like to not always be included in the narrative and my intentions involve running to advocate for the underrepresented and next generation of Everett.

Although this is just the beginning of my political career, I have always been politically active and an active member of my community. I have a strong background in journalism, and in the past have used my platform to advocate for myself and others. From writing for my school newspaper to writing for a paper that was distributed at a state-wide level, I worked my way up from answering minor questions my classmates wondered about to covering major issues like my high school’s discriminating hair policy and being a catalyst for “controversial” conversations. By covering bill hearings, I was exposed to issues that did not affect me, which inspired me to be the voice of the underrepresented. Through reporting, I learned my voice is important and it has been a vital part of me since.

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Vivian Nguyen hoping second time Running for Ward 5 is the charm

Rosa DiFlorio facing stiff opposition


Two years ago, Vivian Nguyen, a 19 year old Linden Street resident at the time, ran against Councilor Rosa DiFlorio.

Nguyen lost by 29 votes.

This time around, Nguyen, now 21, and a senior at Babson College, is working hard to bring home the bacon to her ward.

During a recent kick-off event that drew more than 100 ward residents

Nguyen says the ward is a changed place since the last election.

“Many people have moved out or are being pushed out by rising rental prices, and many newcomers have moved in,” Nguyen told the Leader Herald during an interview at Common Ground Café Saturday morning.

Nguyen described what most residents are feeling and seeing – a new Everett forming out of the changing times.

Although she didn’t say it, she believes the ward has changed enough that Councilor Rosa DiFlorio’s re-election could be in serious question.

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