October 3, 2019
GARDEN GROVE, CA—Cancer research scientist Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen, who currently serves as a Garden Grove City Councilmember, today announced her candidacy for California State Assembly District 72, covering North-Central Orange County.
“I’m running because too many hard-working people find it harder and harder to achieve or maintain the upward mobility and Middle Class prosperity California has offered for so long. Healthcare costs, college tuition, a lack of retirement savings, care for the elderly are all putting pressures on our families.
“I’m not a career politician. I’m a cancer research scientist, Garden Grove City Councilmember, small business woman, wife and mother of three active sons. I share the values of our community and believe in public service. I will bring those values to state government, especially the idea that if you work hard and do what’s right you should get ahead. That will be my focus.”
Ms. Nguyen was first elected to serve on the Garden Grove City Council in 2016. She was re-elected in 2018 by a larger margin of victory. By profession, Diedre Thu-Ha works in Molecular Oncology and is a Clinical Cytogeneticist scientist.
As a Council Member for the City of Garden Grove, she has worked closely to build coalitions with the Garden Grove Unified School District, nonprofits, labor, and first-responders to collaboratively promote education, public safety, and enhance business growth and career opportunities in the City of Garden Grove and in Orange County.
A lifelong community activist and voice for diverse communities, Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen has served as a board member for the Lunar New Year TET Parade, board member for the South Vietnamese Marines Charity Association, and regulator fundraiser for disaster relief.
Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biological Sciences, from the University of California, Irvine and Master of Sciences (MS) degree, in Clinical Genetics from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She holds two Clinical Laboratory Professional Licenses in California.
Council Member Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen is a second degree Hapkido Blackbelt. She and her husband are raising three children in public schools. Her hobbies include promoting youth leadership skills and mentoring various youth organizations, and supporting her son’s Taekwondo competition team.