Mass Alliance is honored to endorse Hong Net into the rising star program. As a four-term Lynn City Councilor At-Large, Hong has partnered with community representatives, business partners, and health officials throughout the City to ensure the best possible solutions. He has prioritized solutions for affordable housing, public education, the opioid crisis, and business creation.
Hong was born in Koh Kong province, Cambodia in 1967. During the Communist Khmer Rouge reign from 1975 to 1979 under Pol Pot, Hong and millions of other endured the hardship of forced labor in the rice paddies which were known as “The Killing Fields.” During the mass evacuation, he was separated from his biological family. He was able to escape to a refugee camp in Thailand, where he then moved to the United States to live with a foster family in South Hadley, Massachusetts. As an adult he worked in the Cambodian-American National Development Organization (CANDO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In that role, he assisted the government in job creation, budget, education, and promote tourism. Hong also founded an international language center in the capital city of Phnom Penh teaching English and computer skills to over 800 local students.
Hong has been heavily involved in his community. Among many other activities, he is a member on the board of directors for the YMCA Metro North, RiverWorks Credit Union, and the Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocate. He is a founder and advisor for the Lynn Human Rights Commission and a member of the Lynn Democratic Committee. He has consistently brought strong legislative work, an important perspective, and community outreach to the council.
Donate: Committee to Elect Hong Net, 20 Holyoke Street, Lynn, MA 01905