I am the firstborn son of Vietnamese refugees, who never let me take for granted the opportunities I've been given in America. My parents taught my brother and I to make the most of every situation and give back to society. I've dedicated myself to public service because I want to help people succeed in the same way others have helped my family and I. Prior to becoming your Councilmember, I was a civil legal aid attorney. I got my start helping fishermen and small business owners in the Gulf Coast after the BP Oil Disaster. For my efforts helping working families in the Gulf, President Barack Obama recognized me as a Champion of Change and President George H. W. Bush honored me with a Daily Point of Light Award.
I returned to San Jose and directed the Vietnamese American Workers' Rights Project, helping limited-english-proficient workers learn about and defend their rights in the workplace. As a legal aid attorney working to close the justice gap I had many wins for people in need, and realized that I wanted to effect change on a larger scale. When the opportunity presented itself, I made the choice to run for San Jose City Council. I won my second race with a groundswell of support from voters in Berryessa, North San Jose, and Alviso. I'm running for re-election in 2020 and I'm asking you to believe again in the great things we can continue to do together.
I've called San Jose my home for over 20 years. As your Councilmember I've worked to encourage more affordable housing to be built, helped facilitate the growth of our police force to over 1,100 officers, and pushed to expand educational opportunities for underserved communities. I'm proud of what I've accomplished, but I know there's still so much more to do!
Throughout my life, I've worked on behalf of people at the margins, for minorities, communities of color, and limited-english-proficient populations. I care about these communities because their experiences reflect my own. I believe that every voice counts, and I know that every vote counts. I commit to you that I will continue fighting for a more accountable, transparent, and responsive San Jose.
Mayor Sam Liccardo
"Lan Diep has been a strong voice for District 4 and our entire city. I know we can count on him to support good jobs, housing solutions, better services and a safer, stronger San Jose. I strongly endorse his re-election in 2020."