Chris Chyung: Candidate Spotlight

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NDTC is excited to spotlight one of our many #NDTCtrained candidates this month.

Representative Chris Chyung recently won his election to represent Dyer, Indiana. He won by a mere 82 votes, making him the youngest legislator in Indiana and the state’s first Asian American representative. He was gracious enough to be the keynote speaker at our Indiana training last month. 

Here’s our interview with Chris.

Tell us about yourself! What has your professional life looked like?

I graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering then moved back home to work for a real estate company. When I decided to run, I quit that job and started my own company so I could build a more flexible schedule.

What inspired or compelled you to run for office?

I volunteered in my community with several different nonprofits and a lot of the issues I heard from my neighbors was about how state policies were harming their quality of life.

What changes do you want to see in your community?

I want more people to be engaged. I had trouble reaching out to my predecessor and hearing him on key state issues. He usually had two town halls per year, but I have had four in my first month in office. I also distribute my cell phone number for constituents to call or text me with their concerns.

How had you been involved in your community before running for office?

I had volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity Restore, the Welcome Network, and as a Court-Appointed Child Advocate.

How did the NDTC trainings help you in your campaign?

NDTC laid out clearly from A to Z the basics of running a campaign.

What was the highlight of your campaign?

Meeting so many of my neighbors when I went door-to-door and finding common ground with them in the unlikeliest of places.

What’s a piece of advice you’d like to give to other candidates or potential candidates?

Search for things that unite you with other people, no matter their political affiliation, before you search for things that divide. Even when you disagree with most or all of their beliefs, find common ground and be willing to have an open mind so your own views can evolve.

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About

Jorian was raised in Crystal Lake, IL, but now calls Chicago her home. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in political science and a minor in education reform and worked on local campaigns in the Bay Area throughout college. She has a background working for nonprofit organizations, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Policy & Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit management from Northwestern University. She currently is on the Communications team at NDTC.