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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

City of San JoseCandidate for City Council, District 4

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Lan Diep

Legal Aid Attorney
8,689 votes (50.08%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Restore the ranks of our police force to increase public safety.
  • Create more high-paying jobs to make living in San Jose affordable for its residents.
  • Spend public money cautiously and efficiently with long-term, sustainable, and balanced budgets.



University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Juris Doctorate, Law (2009)
University of California, San Diego Bachelor's Degree, Political Science/International Relations (2005)
University of California, San Diego Bachelor's Degree, History of War, Revolution, and Social Change (2005)


The firstborn son of political refugees, Lan Diep was born in Houston, TX but came to California with his family at the age of 10. A graduate of Independence High School in District 4, he has longstanding ties to the community and has witnessed North San José go through boom and bust cycles.

He is a committed public servant with a demonstrated record of working to inform, engage, and empower communities that might not otherwise have a voice. His first job after graduating from U.C. San Diego was as an international radio broadcaster for Radio Free Asia, informing listeners of news that might have been censored by state-controlled media. After attending law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Lan moved to Mississippi as an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. He spent two years in the Gulf working across the five Gulf States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida helping fishermen, small business owners, and other victims of the BP Oil Disaster file their claims against BP.

Most recently, Lan worked as a Public Interest Fellow at the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, where he directed the Vietnamese American Workers Rights Project and spent over a year helping limited-English-proficient workers in San José learn about and pursue their rights in the workplace, improving working conditions for workers and combating anticompetitive business practices of bad employers.

Through his public service, Lan has been recognized by the Huffington Post as the Greatest Person of the Day on April 27, 2011, by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change, and by President George H. W. Bush a Daily Point of Light awardee.


Lan would bring to the City Council insights gained from years of working with low-income workers and small business owners. His priorities would be to focus his attention on the important issues of public safety, creating high-paying jobs, investing in transit infrastructure, and combating the skyrocketing cost of living in San José. His overarching aim would simply be to make San José a great place to be and a happy place to live.

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