Alex Phung seeking Southwest School Board seat

The race to represent District 6 on the School Board has its first candidate in 28-year-old Fulton resident Alex Phung, an attorney who works for Cargill and is married to a Hopkins School District teacher.

Phung plans to seek the DFL endorsement at the May 19 Minneapolis City Convention, his campaign manager, Peter Brickwedde, said.

Brickwedde said Phung and his wife, Amy, do not currently have children, but moved to Minneapolis in 2008 with plans to raise children in the city and enroll them in Minneapolis Public Schools. Phung is a first-generation Vietnamese-American, and the experience of growing up in an immigrant family who sent their children to public schools taught Phung the value of public education, Brickwedde said.

This is the first year a District 6 School Board seat will be contested, with the winner representing almost all of Southwest south of Lake Street, except for the ECCO neighborhood.

Voters approved the new district representation system in 2008 as part of a significant restructuring of the School Board. At that time, it was a seven-member body with all members serving at-large. When the two-part expansion is concluded following this November’s election, it will be a nine-member body with six district representatives and three members serving at-large.

For more information on Phung, visit his campaign website, alexphung.org.