Dai Thao is the DFL endorsed city council candidate running in Ward 1.
We asked Dai a few questions.
- Why did you decide to run?
I’m seeking re-election as council member because I’ve got the experience, a track record of getting things done, and the fire to fight for our DFL values and get our fair shake of investments in Ward 1. Now is not the time to press the reset button on the progress we’ve made the last 6 years because we are at a pivotal moment where we get to shape policies that will be inclusive and benefit the hard-working, courageous, and resilient people of Ward 1.
- How do you see your ward 30 years from now?
Ward 1 will be an international destination where everyone wants to be for the most diverse and authentic food, arts, culture, and parks. We’ll have complete and pothole-free streets where there will be no fatalities by car crashes. We’ll have the most affordable housing options for families and seniors. Children will have access to a quality education in safe schools. There will be no more gun and domestic violence. Ward 1 will be the best place to open up a business, have the most good paying jobs and generate the most revenue outside of downtown.
- How do you plan to govern in a way that is inclusive, creative and equitable?
I believe we can create progress for all when we stand united. As a political refugee, I know what happens under bad government – people become impoverished and die. This is why I govern with the ideals that government is for the people, by the people. This is why I fight to make sure regular people have a seat at the table. This is why I’m in the community every day having conversations with people most impacted by our policies. I will continue to build, connect, and unite people across race, gender, religion, cultures, and neighborhoods to fight for one another.
4. What’s the last book you read?
All You Can Do Is All You Can Do, But All You Can Do Is Enough by A.L. Williams
- Favorite restaurant/dish in St. Paul or your ward.
I love pho noodle soup.