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Republicans Pick Nominee For Ramadan’s 87th District House Seat

© Leesburg Today - 05/22/2015

The race for the 87th District Virginia House of Delegates seat again has two candidates.

South Riding lawyer Chuong Nguyen has been selected as the GOP nominee for the post, Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck announced Friday.

Nguyen, a native of what is now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will replace GOP Del. David I. Ramadan, who is not seeking a third term. He will face Democrat John Bell, also of South Riding, on the November ballot.

""I am honored to be selected as the Republican nominee for the 87th House District,"" Nguyen said in a prepared statement. ""As a delegate, I will work to continue to provide the outstanding constituent service that residents are used to receiving from Delegate Ramadan, and I will be focused on the issues that matter most to the residents of eastern Loudoun and western Prince William, like transportation, education and economic growth.""

Whitbeck said that Nguyen was an ""ideal"" candidate for the district.

""Like Delegate Ramadan, his story and experience will resonate with the diverse voters in eastern Loudoun, and he understands the challenges of being a first-generation immigrant,"" he said in announcing the 87th District nomination. ""He will be a great addition to our strong slate of Republican candidates and to the House Republican Caucus.""

Ramadan said he was pleased to support Nguyen.

""Like me, he is a first-generation immigrant who is living the American Dream,"" the delegate said in the GOP's announcement. ""From his outstanding education to his real world experience, Chuong is well qualified to represent us in the House of Delegates, and I'm confident that he will fight hard for our area and continue the strong relationships with other local officials and the community.""

Nguyen has served as a prosecutor in the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and worked as a law clerk to the late Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Carrico. He also taught at Woodberry Forest School in Madison County.

Nguyen immigrated to the U.S. as a boy. His family escaped communist China after his father was imprisoned in a rehabilitation camp.

He went on to graduate from Harvard University and from the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law.

Nguyen is married to Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen, founder and medical director of The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts in South Riding.

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