Andrew Quang Nguyen
By Samir Ahmed
Andrew Quang Nguyen is one of six candidates running for the vacant District 6 City Council seat.
Nguyen has been a Fremont resident for over 20 years and works in the technology sector.
Nguyen's Top Three Priorities:
Create safer communities
Help maintain and improve local schools
Support local businesses
Nguyen’s Signature Policies:
Offer tax incentives to local businesses to help support a post-COVID recovery.
Create multiple Housing Navigation Centers to support the homeless.
Hold monthly forums with the community to talk about local issues.
Who Is Andrew Quang Nguyen?
Andrew Quang Nguyen considers himself the underdog of the District 6 City Council race. A resident of Fremont for over 20 years, Nguyen describes himself as “a family man that loves his community” and works in the technology sector in his non-profit. He is running for the District 6 City Council seat to continue the work he’s contributing to the community
Tracking Nguyen down was a challenge, but Nguyen granted the FSJC an exclusive interview into his campaign. Nguyen notes how he is running his campaign in the background and is planning on pushing his message through by going door-to-door, not online, unlike his fellow candidates.
“If I advertise door-to-door right before the election, I can get better results because people will remember me,” said Nguyen, highlighting how he has built up a team of his friends and family to help him with this canvassing. Nguyen is fine whether he wins or loses, however, believing that in the end, what matters is that “District 6 will have gained someone who cares about their community.”
REOPENING FREMONT AND THE CITY BUDGET
Nguyen thinks that Alameda County has done a good job slowing down the spread of COVID-19. However, he is not in support of closing all businesses, believing that the economic impact on businesses has outweighed the need for a mass closure of business. Nguyen believes that businesses should be open as usual, with restaurants at 50% capacity. Additionally, Nguyen hopes Fremont can further support small businesses by offering them more tax incentives so they can afford to stay open post-COVID.
Nguyen also believes that Fremont schools should reopen with modifications as soon as possible. “Schools should have children in classrooms three days a week and have them wash hands and follow safety requirements,” said Nguyen.
HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
Housing has been a contentious issue in Fremont, especially with the rise of homelessness in the community. Nguyen believes that current steps taken by the city to create a Homeless Navigation Center (HNC) are a step in the right direction, but underscores how the “HNC is a good temporary solution”.
Nguyen’s ideal version for a robust support system for the homeless would be multiple HNCs. These multiple HNCs would have alternating operating hours to reduce the overall burden on HNC staff, allowing more homeless to find a place of refuge no matter the time of day. Nguyen also thinks that federal land should be used to help support the homeless and find them shelter, and encourages more efforts to purchasing or rent out hotels to help people get back on their feet.
TRANSPORTATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Nguyen believes that we need to take better care of our environment, but does not buy the argument that global warming is to blame for the increase of natural disasters in recent months in California. Regarding the large number of wildfires in the Bay Area, Nguyen said, “One side believes it's due to global warming, the other side believes that the fires are caused by lack of control and management. Who is right?” Nguyen believes that Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has done a poor job when it comes to maintaining power lines, but worries that the local power grid will not be able to support a full switch to solar power in Fremont.
However, Nguyen is in support of recent initiatives by the state to only sell electric cars by 2035 and plans to reduce California’s dependency on gas and oil. Nguyen believes Fremont can learn from the state and implement similar measures to ensure that Fremont is a greener city.
RACE AND POLICING
Nguyen supports the police because he believes that they can create a better community for everyone, a community where people are safe and experience minimal thefts and car break-ins. However, in light of recent discussions about the role of police in Fremont, Nguyen agrees that a police department may have a few bad apples. Overall, however, Nguyen notes that most police officers are good people, and thinks that issues with the police can be fixed by improving training and diversifying problem-solving techniques to work with the Fremont community.
“We still need to support the police department,” said Nguyen.
Nguyen underscores the need for quality education in Fremont, noting that teachers should be given better pay so they can afford to live in the city and be part of the community. Nguyen also wants City Council to allocate more money FUSD to help with their budget, get schools better equipment, and reinstate school transportation that’s available to all students. Nguyen plans on negotiating with city council members so that they can figure out an ideal solution for all FUSD students.
Nguyen also plans on holding local meetings once a month to talk to his constituents about their issues and concerns with their community. However, he concedes that people will always disagree, and hopes to be able to encourage unity and have people work out their differences to build a better Fremont. Nguyen knows his promises will take a while to be implemented, but he plans on doing whatever it takes to make them reality.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ANDREW QUANG NGUYEN
You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.