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Councilmember Thao was sworn into office on November 21, 2013

To reach Councilmember Dai Thao please contact the Ward 1 office at:

Dai Thao,  Councilmember |
Mai Chong Xiong, Legislative Aide
Joanna Zimny, Executive Assistant |

310-A City Hall
15 Kellogg Blvd., West
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Ph: (651) 266-8610   Fx: (651) 266-8574


Press Release

August 11, 2015 



Councilmember Dai Thao Earns Support of Previous Challenger, Samakab Hussein

Saint Paul, MN Aug, 11th  – Filing for the Saint Paul City Council races officially closed at 5:00 p.m. today.  Councilmember Thao not only filed for re-election for Ward 1 City Council office, but also gained the support of previous challenger, Samakab Hussein.  Hussein announced earlier today, that he did not file to run in the Ward 1 race and said, “After much thought and consideration, I believe Dai can best continue to work with all the diverse residents in Ward 1.”


Progressive values and "diversity is our strength" have been cornerstone principles Councilmember Thao has governed with, and will carry throughout his re-election campaign.  He said, "I'm honored to have the trust and support of Samakab Hussein. We can best achieve equitable outcomes for all residents of Ward 1 when leaders across all communities and sectors work together."


Among focusing on neighborhood safety, job opportunities, affordable housing, small business development, and diversifying city staff, Councilmember Thao is also eager to sponsor a resolution to pass an "Earned Sick and Safe Time" ordinance for all workers within the city limits of St. Paul. Councilmember Thao also added that he believes "Ward 1 is the beating heart of a thriving Saint Paul" and what is needed for the people of Ward 1 are "good jobs, good schools, and opportunities!"


Despite the news of Hussein dropping out of the race, Councilmember Thao's campaign team is taking nothing for granted.  They have already made a full round knocking the doors of voters in Ward 1 and have a robust calendar of events and activities lined up through election day, November 3rd.  Councilmember Thao is also proud to have earned the support and endorsement of: AFSCME Council 5, Building Trades, Hmong American Leadership Council, MN Nurses Association, Operating Engineers Local 49, St. Paul Firefighters Local 21, St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, Stonewall DFL, TakeAction MN, and Teamsters Local 120.


For more information, contact Mai Chong Xiong, Campaign Manager for Dai Thao for Ward 1,612-715-8806 or




February 3, 2015


Contact:  Mai Chong Xiong


Saint Paul City Councilmember Dai Thao recognized as Business Journal’s 2015 40 Under 40 Honoree

SAINT PAUL – On January 23, 2015, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal announced Councilmember Dai Thao as one of the honorees for this year’s 40 Under 40 Award. The news came as a surprise to Councilmember Thao with a hand delivered letter announcing his award.

For more than twenty years, the Business Journal has recognized 40 business and community members under the age of 40 for establishing themselves as leaders in their industries and community. According to Business Journal editor, Mark Reilly, “We had a record number of nominations this year, and many worthy candidates weren't selected. But I think you'll agree that our honorees this year, each and every one, have already done great things in their careers, and are poised for even greater things in the years ahead.”

Nominators included long-time resident and leader of the Rondo neighborhood, Marvin Anderson, “I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with Dai on a number of Ward 1 issues; over the period of our relationship, he has demonstrated a tremendous heart and commitment to the residents of Ward 1 without seeking personal recognition for his tireless hard work. He prefers action over words. Fueled by an uncommon passion for community service, Councilperson Thao has invited the various constituencies to work together to achieve goals that benefit the ward as a whole. His enthusiasm for the fundamental role of government – to serve the people has served him well.”

Councilmember Thao stated, "It is an honor to be among Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 under 40 honorees. To my nominators, thank you so much for considering me worthy of such an honor; we got this together! I also want to thank all the community members, leaders, and Ward 1 constituents who work alongside me to make our city great! I will continue to work hard to make sure St. Paul is the most livable city for all, not just certain parts of the city."

Councilmember Thao represents Ward 1 on the Saint Paul City Council. Since his election to the City Council in 2013, his achievements include passing the Paid Parental Leave for the City of Saint Paul, Responsible Banking ordinance, elimination of cheap single cigars, pool vouchers to low income youth, and extended library hours. Prior to serving on the City Council, he was the Northeast Region Organizer for ISAIAH, National Weeklong Leadership Trainer, an organizing mentor in TakeAction Minnesota, and served on the TakeAction Minnesota Political Action Committee.  He currently serves as the Information Technology Manager for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, on the St. Paul Library Board, the Family Housing Fund, the Twin Cities Landbank, the Partnership for Regional Opportunity, and the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board.



November 11, 2013

Contact: Laura Nevitt, 612-708-4644


Councilmember-Elect Will Fight for Progress for All of Ward 1

Saint Paul, MN (November 11, 2013) – Dai Thao was declared the unofficial winner in the Special Election for Saint Paul City Council Ward 1. Thao broke through in a highly competitive race that saw seven candidates vying to succeed Melvin Carter, III, who stepped down earlier this year. The first Hmong-American ever to be elected to the Saint Paul City Council, Thao pledged to fight for progress for all of Ward 1.

“Here in Ward 1, we recognize that our diversity is our strength, and though we may have a different history, we share a  common destiny. Just as I have done on the campaign trail, I will work tirelessly to build partnerships across all races, cultures and backgrounds, bringing people together to create positive change that strengthens our communities” said Councilmember-Elect Thao.

The competitive race remained positive to the end, with candidates putting forward their strengths and visions for progress in Ward 1. Said Thao, “I want to thank all of my supporters for their trust in me and our bold vision. And for those who didn’t make me their first choice vote, I will work just as hard for you. I also want to thank all the other candidates for a spirited and positive campaign. I have benefited from their perspectives on the campaign trail.”

Thao will be sworn in on November 21st, a short timeline due to the Special Election. He will replace Nathaniel Khaliq who has been serving as interim Councilmember since June.

Dear Neighbors, 

Please vote for me as your 1st Choice on November 5th, for St. Paul City Council Ward 1. For too long the benefits of progress in Ward 1 have bypassed its people and gone to people who don't live here or work here. That is because the people of Ward 1 haven’t been at the table when decisions have been made. 

Dai Thao Video

Ward 1 is a community of resilient survivors, problem-solvers and entrepreneurs. We’re hard-working and want our fair share. 

We want to make a better life for ourselves and our kids. But we look around and there are so many obstacles to opportunity.

We hoped that if we worked hard our kids wouldn't face the same roadblocks we did. But they do.

I want to fix that. If you believe as I believe, that our diversity is our strength, if we look past the fear of people who don’t look like us, if we work together, we can give the good people of Ward 1 a seat at the table, and exert pressure on the levers of opportunity so that the benefits of progress in Ward 1 go to the people of Ward 1. 

 Labor Endorsed

Deep down in my heart, I know that despite the fact that we come from different backgrounds, lived different childhoods, have different education, are of different culture and different race; we all share a common destiny. Time, history, and fate have brought ALL of us here together in the pursuit of a good life we can be proud of. I know that you and I are interconnected, that my three children’s quality of life depends on your children’s quality of life. 

I know that we must not fail them here. We must not fail them now. We must put a stop to the isolation of communities and neighborhoods. We must begin to heal the trust in each other and thrive together. For too long we've just been surviving. It is time for us to thrive!

I have committed myself to you and your future. Now I am asking you to commit yourself to a dream we can co-create together. 

Please join my campaign today and let’s thrive together in Ward1.


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