Tai Huynh, a junior computer science major and Morehead-Cain scholar at UNC, is running for Chapel Hill Town Council this fall.
Huynh is a first-generation American whose parents are refugees from Vietnam. He moved to Indian Trail, North Carolina as an eighth grader, and plans to stay in the Chapel Hill community post-graduation.
He made the decision to run for the position over Thanksgiving break. He had been involved in working with the local community for some time before that, though.
Huynh said inequities in the community drove him to run.
“I think that’s just a huge opportunity, where we can make a really big impact and improve the life and standards of living for a lot of the residents of our community,” Huynh said. “It’s just not being pursued as aggressively as I think it should be.”
Other issues Huynh is focused on are affordable housing, environmental sustainability and general inclusivity.
As a sophomore, he began Acta Solutions, a software building business to help local governments engage citizens more efficiently and to make more data-driven decisions.
Pavani Peri, another Morehead-Cain scholar, said she has worked with Huynh at Acta.
“I know that he will take the time to listen to people and really run his policy platform by multiple people and populations in the community and change them as necessary,” Peri said.