PRESS RELEASE: Cambodian-American Leaders Endorse Gifford for Congress

Lowell City Councilor Nuon leads group of supporters

April 12, 2018

LOWELL— Rufus Gifford, candidate for Congress in Massachusetts’ 3rd congressional district, today welcomed the endorsement of Vesna Nuon, Vice Chair of the Lowell City Council, along with support from a number of other Cambodian-American community leaders.

“One of the greatest parts of this campaign has been spending lots of time with the incredible and vibrant Cambodian-American community here in Lowell,” said Gifford. “I have learned so much from Vesna and am so grateful for his endorsement and counsel.”

Nuon said: “Rufus is the best candidate not just for the Asian community, but for all of Lowell and the entire 3rd district. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas has been an outstanding representative for us in Washington, leaving big shoes to fill. After getting to know Rufus, I’m convinced he is the one candidate who would be able to continue her tremendous work.”

Throughout his national and international experience, Rufus has been on the front lines when our government has done big, transformational things, and that’s what we need more of in Washington. As a diplomat, he understands the need for coalitions and the important role the U.S. plays in promoting democracy. He has a unique and important perspective, and I will do everything I can to help elect him,” Nuon continued.

Additionally, Gifford welcomed the endorsement of other community leaders, including: Mony Var; Champa Pang; Tha Chhan; Susie Chhoun; Sok Paul Pen; Tooch Van; Vong Ros; Kara Chiev; Borann Som; Sichan Southimath; Pahim Kay; and Sophal Danh.

Over the course of his campaign, Gifford has participated in several events with members of the Cambodian-American community of Lowell, including: a rally for the CNRP, the Cambodian opposition party; multiple roundtables with community leaders; business tours; and other cultural and civic events.

Gifford, a former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, has spoken extensively about foreign policy, including the situation in Cambodia.

I am very concerned about the democratic backsliding in Cambodia and will work with the Cambodian-American community to elevate this issue and put pressure on the ruling party,” said Gifford. “As a U.S. Ambassador, I stood up for American values overseas every day, and I intend to continue to do that as a Congressman. I will always fight for things like democracy, human rights, and rule of law wherever they are threatened.”