Christina Thor, a working mother, daughter of refugees, labor activist, and executive director of the 9to5 Wisconsin Chapter, has announced her candidacy for Green Bay City Council District 11. Thor also is an appointed member of the City of Green Bay Hmong Advisory Council and serves as chair for the Wisconsin Care Coalition along with her work at the Wisconsin chapter of 9to5, a national organization that works towards tackling issues facing women, particularly women of color.
Thor would be the first Hmong American woman elected to the Green Bay City Council.
“I am proud to announce my candidacy for Green Bay City Council District 11 and enter this race as a Hmong American woman who has worked to lift up community voices in both state and local government for many years,” Thor said in a release. “I am running to represent District 11 because I believe in a Green Bay with healthy homes, neighborhood jobs, community safety, and accessibility, that meet our changing needs.”
Thor comes from a background of refugee parents who came to the country as a result of a political war and cites her father’s hard work and resilience, even in the face of cultural and language barriers, as the principles she hopes to bring to the Green Bay City Council. Thor lives in the MacArthur Heights neighborhood with her husband, their son, and two dogs.
“As a first-generation homeowner on the west side and a working mother raising a family, I am deeply invested in moving our city forward,” said Thor in the release. “My grassroots campaign is about ‘progress over politics’ because I believe in putting the needs of our working families – the life force of our city – front and center to achieve real growth to a thriving community.”
Thor is focused on the message of putting progress first by addressing topics such as workers’ rights, community-first public safety, investing in small businesses, economic development, fair and affordable housing and homeownership, city accountability and transparency, accessibility for all, and investment in road and public infrastructure. The spring primary election takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and the general election takes place Tuesday, April 2.
“Over just the last few years, I have fought for family and workforce-supporting policies at the national level in Washington DC, at the state level in Madison, in Minnesota, and locally in cities throughout Wisconsin,” Thor continued in the release. “My proven track record includes helping pass a $15 minimum wage ordinance in St. Paul, Minnesota and paid parental leave ordinances for the employees of both the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. As the Chair for the first statewide Wisconsin Care Coalition, I drive multi-prong strategies toward collaborative solutions in local communities and state government to advance paid family and medical leave and affordable childcare. Building on this experience, I am thrilled to have the chance to continue fighting for the needs of our working families in Green Bay as a city alderperson.”
To learn more and help support Christina Thor’s campaign for Green Bay City Council District 11, visit her website here.