Tuesday , May 28 2024

Blong Xiong Prepares to Step Down from Fresno City Council

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<p>As the year draws to an end, one Fresno city council member is getting ready to leave office.&nbsp; Blong Xiong will officially step down from his seat in&nbsp; district one on January 8th.&nbsp; He’s served two terms&nbsp; in Fresno for a total of eight years.&nbsp; Xiong was the first Asian American city council member in Fresno and the first Hmong elected politician in California.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>His name is as unforgettable as it is recognizable.</p><p>Fresno city council member Blong Xiong says, &quot;It’s very smooth, easy, simple; one syllable.&quot;</p><p>After two terms, Xiong is getting ready to pass the torch; a goodbye he says is bittersweet. </p><p>&quot;It feels like I just got elected and now I’m leaving,&quot; says Xiong.</p><p>His eight years were full of challenges and accomplishments.&nbsp; Topping the list of his most memorable moments are the defeat of Measure G, upgrades at Fresno High School and his creation of Make a Difference Day; a soccer day camp for kids at Chuckansi park.</p><p>His run with politics also brought some defeat.&nbsp; In 2012, Xiong lost the 21st Congressional District race and more recently, a run for Fresno County board of supervisor.</p><p>&quot;I think my supporters were probably more upset.&nbsp; They probably took it a lot more personally than I did.&quot;</p><p>Blong says the experiences have made him a better person.&nbsp; He says he’ll miss serving Fresno residents the most.</p><p>&quot;That public service of it; just saying we can make or try to make our residents lives a little easier.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>Xiong plans to continue his work with the Hmong community and all of Fresno.&nbsp; He says his eight year gig as a council member may be ending, but he’ll still be around.</p><p>&quot;I’ve always been a community advocate, so I’m going to be doing something out there in the community.&nbsp; That’s part of my DNA.&quot;</p><p>Xiong also plans on spending more time with his wife and dog, Maximus.&nbsp; He wasn’t ready to disclose any information on his professional life just yet, but did say as one door closed, three or four others have opened.</p></div>

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