Madison Nguyen - Political Career - City Council

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Nguyen would eventually turn the recognition she received from the Tran shooting into further political success in September 2005, when she ran in the election for the San Jose City Council in a special election to replace Terry Gregory as Councilperson for District 7. Vietnamese Americans, who formed less than 10% of San Jose's population at the time, turned out in record numbers during the primary election in June to support Madison Nguyen and co-ethnic Linda Nguyen, pushing them ahead of seven other candidates. Madison Nguyen won 44% of the primary vote, while Linda Nguyen, a real estate attorney, received 27%. In the end, Madison Nguyen received 62% of the votes cast, beating out Linda Nguyen to become the first Vietnamese American to serve on the San Jose City Council.

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