ST. PAUL, Minn. - Dai Thao has been declared the unofficial winner in the Special Election for St. Paul City Council Ward 1.
Thao broke won the race that saw seven candidates vying to succeed Melvin Carter, III, who stepped down earlier this year.
Thao becomes the first Hmong-American ever to be elected to the St. Paul City Council.He has pledged to fight for progress for each Ward 1 resident.
"Here in Ward 1, we recognize that our diversity is our strength, and though we may have a different history, we share a common destiny," he said. "Just as I have done on the campaign trail, I will work tirelessly to build partnerships across all races, cultures and backgrounds, bringing people together to create positive change that strengthens our communities."
Thao will be sworn in on Nov. 21, a short timeline due to the Special Election. He will replace Nathaniel Khaliq who has been serving as interim Council member since June.
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