Fort Worth suburb elects Vietnamese American as city's mayor

HALTOM CITY, Texas--The man believed to be the first-ever Vietnamese American mayor of a Texan city will soon take the helm of Haltom City, as voters of the Fort Worth suburb elected An Truong to the municipality's highest office on May 4.

Truong, who had been serving on Haltom City's City Council, won the mayorship by a landslide, earning nearly 60 percent of the vote in a three-person race.

More than 1,100 people in Halton City were born in Vietnam, according to City-Data.com; Mexico is the only other country with more foreign-born residents living in Haltom City.

An estimated 45,000 people live in Haltom City, which is a few miles away from central Fort Worth and part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Laos, El Salvador, Nepal, Honduras, the Philippines and Thailand were also at the top of the list of where some Haltom City residents were born.

Bao Nguyen made history a few years ago when he was elected as the first Vietnamese American mayor of a large city. Garden Grove, which is home to Little Saigon and one of the largest Vietnamese populations outside of Southeast Asia, elected Nguyen its chief executive in 2014. More than 200,000 people live in Garden Grove, which is in Orange County and part of metro Los Angeles.

The city of Rosemead, also a Los Angeles suburb, appointed John Tran, also a Vietnamese American, as mayor in 2007; Rosemead is slightly larger than Haltom City, in terms of population. Tran was also the first-ever Asian American to be elected to the Rosemead City Council.