Lisa Do Hofflich points to her experience as a child refugee and work in state, federal governments in Senate bid

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As a Vietnamese refugee and former political staffer, Lisa Do Hofflich believes she has the professional and life experience needed to advocate for working families in state Senate District 36.

Hofflich, 49, first came to the United States at the age of three, during the fall of Saigon. Her family was sponsored by a Lutheran church in North Dakota, where winters were cold, but her parents couldn’t afford to pay the heating bill.

So while her father worked night shifts as a diesel mechanic, Hofflich spent winter dinners with her mother sitting on overturned buckets at a card table in front of the open oven.

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