The piece, about State Senator Joe Nguyen, is better than the headline:
A week before he announced his run for office, he sat down for drinks with Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González. He apparently didn’t have his shit in order. González told him as much.
González also reminded him that people of color carry a heavier burden than others because they represent a broader set of communities of color. So, if he really wanted to run, he “better not fuck it up,” González said, “because if he did it would make it harder for the next person of color to successfully run and win.”
Nguyen says he agreed with her and delayed his announcement for a week to “shore up some stuff.”
“We don’t have the luxury of a narrative,” Nguyen says. “In a lot of cases, we’re the first and only impression people get.”
With that in mind, Nguyen didn’t just want to win his first ever election to anything. He wanted to win big.
And he did. He crushed Shannon Braddock, deputy chief of staff for King County Executive Dow Constantine, by over 16 points.
“People still tokenize. They still say I won just because I’m a person of color,” Nguyen said. “But I’m just like—scoreboard.”
What comes out of the story loud and clear is Nguyen’s immense energy, dedication, hard work, and willingness to do things differently because they make sense. Worth a read.