The city of Melbourne’s youngest-ever mayor-elect makes a victory speech in Vietnamese and English
On Tuesday, Maribyrnong, Australia, elected its newest and youngest mayor. Anthony Tran, 22, formally accepted the mayorship in both Vietnamese and English on the same day, establishing history.
Tran acknowledged the influence of his family and friends and thanked his elders’ generation for their sacrifices.
“This is the highlight of my short life and an honor to be given this responsibility,” he said.
He said he hopes his election will inspire other young people of color to “step up” and make a difference in the world.
Tran said he hopes to improve local infrastructure and promote community safety, according to a press release.
Impact as a city representative: Prior to being elected as mayor, Tran focused on providing accessible mental health resources and uplifting cultural communities, especially through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tran served on the city council as a representative of River Ward over the past year.
He promised to lead the COVID-19 rebuild and “Bounce Maribyrnong Back” during his campaign.
Tran described himself as “fresh, independent and motivated” on the campaign trail.
Vietnamese people make up 10.7% of Maribyrnong’s population.
Featured Image via Maribyrnong City Council (left), CityofMaribyrnong (right)