I believe in Service ★ I believe in Representation ★ I believe in Arlington
I don’t have a birth certificate, but my birthday is December 16
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As with many refugees who were born in the 1980s or earlier, there is no official record of my birth due to the extreme circumstances of the time. I sometimes joke that since I have no age-establishing birth certificate, I could actually be 60-years-old. 😅
Of course, when the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) processed and selected my family for resettlement in the United States, I was then officially assigned a name and birthday. I thus accept that I am Mr. Chanda Choun born on December 16, 1987.
(My parents and siblings in the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp before I was born.)
(My parents, older siblings and me at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center before coming to America.)
My story is foundational to the Shared Identity message of my campaign platform and why I am running for local elected office.
32 years ago I was born without a home and without a country to my name. My parents were survivors of a war that killed 2 million people. I grew up without aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
All my life, I have searched for a place to call my forever home. A place to belong to and be welcomed. I’ve lived, worked, and served in the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, the Middle East and even a little bit of Europe.
But of all those locations, I found Arlington to be the place where anybody from anywhere from any background can move to and set down roots. I found that the people of Arlington could be the extended family that I was born into the world without and grew up missing.
I found that I wanted to fight to make Arlington a community that all are proud to love and call home.
If elected, I will bring 21st Century Leadership with 21st Century Solutions for a 21st Century Arlington. Join me, and let’s Fight For The Future.
Candidate for Arlington County Board
P.S. Will you help kickstart my campaign operations by donating $16, $160 or $1600 in honor of my official birthday? Arlington, Virginia is home to almost a quarter million people, and I am paying a full-time Campaign Manager to help bring my message of service and representation to the people.
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VOTE ON JUNE 9 , 2020
CHANDA CHOUN ★ DEMOCRAT FOR ARLINGTON COUNTY BOARD
CHANDA CHOUN CURRENTLY SERVES PART-TIME IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE. USE OF HIS MILITARY RANK, TITLES, OR PHOTOGRAPHS IN UNIFORM DO NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT BY THE ARMY OR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.