On Tuesday night, Minh Ngo was officially sworn in as a Trustee on the Milpitas Unified School District’s (MUSD) Board of Education by Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran.
“The journey to get here tonight has just been incredible; it’s really been an enlightening path. What I’ve seen from the city of Milpitas…it’s a community that people are proud of. People want to come here, live here, raise their families here. You’re entrusting us with your children. And so I really appreciate that,” said Ngo after taking the oath of office.
Ngo thanked Milpitas residents, and specifically the four unions that endorsed him — the Milpitas Teachers Association, the California School Employees Association, the Milpitas Police Officers Association, and Milpitas Firefighters Local 1699.
“And coincidentally, these are the civic workers that are really working tirelessly to keep our community educated and safe. So thank you to all those civic workers,” said Ngo.
Tuesday night made for quite a unique swear-in. Due to COVID-19 protocols, those present in the room wore face masks and made sure to practice social distancing, sitting and standing far apart from one another.
Ngo was initially appointed to the Board on August 13, 2019, to fill the remainder of previous Board Member Daniel Bobay’s term; Bobay has since relocated to Texas. Ngo served on the MUSD Board of Education until October 2019, when a local activist group filed a petition for the Special Election.
In March’s Special Election, Ngo came in first with 52.73% of the vote, gaining back his seat. Ling Kong was second with 39.49%, and Vance Vuong came in last with 7.78%.
Ngo’s board seat will expire later this Fall, and the seat will re-open in November.
“In today’s changing environment it’s been challenging for a lot of our families,” said Ngo. “But together we’ll get through it.”