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Hoang Murphy announces candidacy for MN House of Representatives 67A 



Hoang Murphy announces candidacy for MN House of Representatives 67A 

Hoang Murphy announced his candidacy for the Minnesota House of Representatives for St. Paul’s District 67A Saturday, challenging incumbent Rep. John Thompson should he be on the 2022 ballot.

The announcement comes after Minnesota House Democrats voted to expel Rep. John Thompson from their caucus on Sept. 14. Thompson says he will continue to serve in the Legislature as an independent.

Murphy, a lifelong Minnesotan and the son of immigrants who fled Vietnam, said in a news release he wants to focus on issues like affordable housing, creating union jobs and equitable education and resource allocation.

Thompson is representing St. Paul’s East Side until his two-year term is over in November 2022. He has not publicly announced his intentions for 2022.

In 2018, Murphy founded Foster Advocates, an organization intended to let people impacted by systems of oppression identify problems and create solutions, according to the release.

In 2021, he drafted The Fostering Higher Education Act, which starting in fall 2022 will allow Minnesotans under 27 years old who were in foster care after age 13 to attend participating colleges for free.

“We have a responsibility to upend systems of inequity. This responsibility is calling me to run for state representative,” Murphy wrote in the release. “Our kids deserve better, our community needs more resources, I am running because we can’t wait.”

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