Jay was endorsed by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters over the weekend. This hard earned endorsement is a fitting milestone, since Jay's official 2018 campaign launch took place at the Carpenters Hall in Saint Paul. This endorsement builds on his earlier endorsement from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 10.
Of these two great endorsements, Jay had this to say "I am a lifelong Saint Paulite, whose refugee parents worked hard to ensure I could succeed in this great country. My father worked as a janitor and a machine operator until he retired. My mother worked in an assembly plant for 20 years. I have worked in the public sector for over a decade. I have seen first-hand how unions are often the driving force for progress. I stand with our working-class families and individuals on the East Side. I have supported past efforts to prevent wage theft, and I am honored to have the support of our strong friends in organized labor. I will continue to fight for all of you. Wage theft costs our state millions and the country countless billions each year, as well as setting up unfair competition and is just plain wrong. Thank you for your support."
To all Minnesotans who came out to caucus last night, we made history in our outreach, engagement and turnout. Our turnout from yesterday has already surpassed the last midterm cycle. The Jay Xiong for House campaign is proud to be a part of this epic grassroots effort to take this country back to true progressive values.
Our campaign has enthusiastically turned out many first-time voters of all backgrounds, races and classes. We engaged many new and returning voters and helped educate many on the daunting and often confusing, complex system of the precinct caucus system. We are most proud of engaging immigrant communities as well as youth.
On the east side, I applaud the work of organizers such as Pa Chua Vang who held down the fort in SD67 so that we had an effective caucus. Thanks so much to the many volunteers, campaign staff, advisers and especially all voters and delegates who took time out of their busy lives to make the next step possible for all of us.
I hope to see everyone at the Senate District Convention on March 10.
I need to say thank you to all who came out to their precinct caucuses last night. All over the east side, individuals and families came out in droves to vote with their feet for a new vision in House District 67B. We all went out in the cold and dark because we believe in a shared vision.
I owe a big thanks to my delegates and those who came out to make this integral part of our grassroots democracy possible. I love the east side. This great city is all I've ever called home and I will never stop giving back. As you do the hard and necessary work of working to become delegates in your precincts, your pledge to support me reminds me of my promise back to you, to consider every member of our community when I make policy decisions that affect all of us.
The work we started last night is only the start. I will never stop fighting for a more just and equitable community where we all feel safe and welcome. I will never stop advocating for better systems, metrics policies which will further elevate our children's learning in the schools. I will never stop asking for more resources to fix our crumbling infrastructure and maintain our public transit so we can have reliable means to get to and from work safely. I will never stop being a steward of the beautiful green spaces and natural resources we have and to which we must entrust to future generations.
For all the work you did last night, I am humbled, proud and excited beyond words to know that you are willing to stand with me. I look forward to continue to walk this journey together with you.
Thank you to all my delegates. And thanks to everyone who came out to caucus regardless of candidate or issue. You are what makes this democratic republic what it is.
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Contact: Samantha Vang, Campaign Manager
Tou SaiKo Lee endorses Jay Xiong for House in 67B
Jay Xiong is proud to announce the endorsement of community organizer, neighborhood outreach and spoken word artist, Tou SaiKo Lee. Tou SaiKo and his late grandmother Youa Chang were known internationally as the duo “Fresh Traditions,” where they would perform as an intergenerational collaboration. Youa did the traditional Hmong art of kwv txhiaj (Hmong Poetry Chanting). Tou SaiKo received the Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant in 2008 and is a 2009 Intermedia Arts VERVE Spoken Word grant recipient. In 2016, Tou SaiKo was awarded The Bush Fellowship, a prestigious leadership grant. Tou SaiKo is a graduate of Johnson High School on the East Side and grew up in the Payne Phalen Neighborhood.
The endorsement of Tou SaiKo Lee means a lot to the east side campaign of Jay Xiong, who has prided himself in civic engagement of youth and has always admired the grassroots leadership and approach of Tou SaiKo’s community work.
Of the endorsement, Jay Xiong had this to say: “When I think about innovation, resilience, and community, there is no greater champion in our community of Saint Paul than my friend, artist Tou SaiKo Lee. I am honored by the support of my good friend and longtime organizer. Tou has always been down for our neighborhoods and youth. I thank him for his support.”
“I fully support and endorse Jay Xiong for Minnesota State Representative for House 67B. I have always known Jay to be a tireless worker to create a better community for our neighborhoods, his spirited dedication for political engagement and how he has been committed to the East Side for many years. I admire his passion to help his family as it will expand to helping the Eastside. He has also been an advocate for immigrant and refugee rights as well as building towards more quality and diversity in education for our children. Many know of Jay as having significant years of experience in working on various campaigns. Now it’s his time to rise up and represent us. Keep striving,” Tou SaiKo Lee.