Just as Blong Xiong was set to run for public office again, he mysteriously pulled his campaign.
On Thursday, it became clear why Xiong passed on running for the Fresno Unified school board — he accepted a post in President Joe Biden’s administration.
Biden announced Thursday that he appointed Xiong as the USDA State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, California.
“I’m excited. I want to thank the president and his team for giving me this opportunity. … This gives me a great chance to continue the work that I’ve done in trying to help our farms here in the Central Valley, but more importantly, to represent statewide and make sure that I represent California,” Xiong said.
The pride from the community was evident. Shortly after the White House officially announced Xiong’s appointment, Fresno City Councilman Miguel Arias boasted of the accomplishment from the…