Kou Thao named to city council

By Seth Schmidt

Kou Thao has been appointed to a one-year term on the Tracy City Council. He will take the oath of office on Monday, Jan. 22.

The vacancy was created by the resignation of Bill Chukuske, who was elected to a four-year term in November of 2016.  Thao’s appointment, approved on a unanimous council vote Monday, expires Jan. 14, 2019.

In his written application for the council, Thao states his reasons for wanting to serve:

“I have always been passionate about bringing the community together and bridging the gap between the old and the young.  Family and community mean a lot to me so I hope through this opportunity, I’ll be able to contribute and make the city a better place for everyone to live in.”

Thao will be the first person with Hmong heritage to serve on the council.  He is employed by United Community Action Partnership.

For more on this article, see this week’s Headlight-Herald.