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Suely Saro Makes History As Long Beach's First Cambodian American Councilmember

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Suely Saro is the first Cambodian American to serve on the Long Beach City Council, in a city that has a large and long-established Cambodian community. (Courtesy of Suely Saro )
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Suely Saro on Tuesday became the first Cambodian American to join the Long Beach City Council, home to the largest Cambodian population outside that country.

Saro's victory was viewed as a major feat for local Cambodian American organizers who have been pushing for greater representation at City Hall.

Saro, a long-time community advocate, said she would champion the rights of immigrants and workers.

"I think representation matters in that it's a reflection of seeing that you matter at an official council level," Saro said. "Decisions are going to be made with you in consideration."

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