Mai is a small business owner with a storefront in Warren, MI, who started her clothing business out of her home while caring for four small children. Mai understands the hard-work and dedication that it takes to raise a family on a limited income. Mai knows first-hand the economic impact of COVID-19 and the difficult decisions that businesses face as they consider re-opening. As a candidate for county commissioner, Mai will support public health efforts to keep everyone safe, ensure all businesses have access to the resources they need, and targeted health initiatives for those most at risk: seniors, people of color and those with pre-existing conditions, immunocompromised, living in group settings and working in close proximity to each other.
Her family escaped war and persecution in Laos during the Vietnam War era. As a result, Mai was born in a refugee camp in nearby Thailand. In 1987, at the age of 3, Mai and her family were sponsored and relocated to the United States and grew up in Akron, OH. At the age of 12, Mai started her first job at Ohio.com as a web intern. She moved to Warren in 2007 to attend the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and earned her B.F.A. in Graphic Design. If elected, Mai will become the first Hmong American elected in Michigan and the first Asian American elected to the Board of Commissioners in Macomb County.