Re-Elect Hugh Nguyen as Orange County Clerk-Recorder, Tuesday, June 7, 2022

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Re-Elect Hugh Nguyen as Orange County Clerk-Recorder


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Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1967. As a child, he was told by his mother that his father was an American soldier who was killed in action while serving his country. In 2018, after an almost 50-year search and a DNA submission to, Hugh miraculously found his father who is very much alive and resides in Tennessee.

Hugh's journey to America began in 1975 at the age of seven when his grandparents and his aunt (who raised him) boarded the USS Midway which took them from the Philippines to Guam and then to El Toro Air Base, finally ending up at Camp Pendleton. Eventually, Hugh moved to El Centro and finally to Orange County in 1979 at the age of 11. He graduated from Saddleback High School, attended Santa Ana College, and completed Orange County's Management Academy Program at Chapman University.

On April 2, 2013, Hugh was selected by the Board of Supervisors to fill the remaining term of office for Clerk-Recorder through December 2014. Hugh was selected after an extensive recruitment process in which 900 people applied for the vacant Clerk-Recorder position. The Supervisors selected Hugh due to his experience, hands on management style and desire to serve the public.

In June 2014, Hugh was elected to his first four-year term of office. Upon taking the oath of office, Hugh became the first Vietnamese-American ever elected countywide to the position of Clerk-Recorder and the first Vietnamese-American elected to the office of County Clerk-Recorder in the nation. On June 5, 2018, Hugh was overwhelmingly re-elected to another four-year term and will serve through 2022.

In 1993, Hugh was hired by the late Orange County Clerk Gary Granville. During his first year at the County Clerk's office, Hugh worked in customer service for marriage licensing, fictitious business names, notary registration, and environmental impact report filings. In 1998, Mr. Granville promoted Hugh to the position of Chief Deputy Recorder in which he served through 2006. From 2006 until his appointment to the position of Clerk-Recorder, Hugh was the Assistant Clerk of the Board expanding his management, budget, human resources, and purchasing expertise while gaining valuable experience in dealing with the Board of Supervisors and county operations. Hugh has worked for the County of Orange for more than two decades, of which 17 years were at the Clerk-Recorder's Department.

Hugh was named one of Orange County's 2015 100 Most Influential by The Orange County Register for his efforts in making his department's services more accessible to working families and again in 2020 for his efforts in making his department's services more accessible to working families and for his department's innovative Hitched at Honda Center program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual 100 Most Influential list includes individuals who have influenced business, culture, education, food, giving, government, health, inspiration, science and sports. Under his leadership, his department has received multiple California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and National Association of Counties Awards (NACo) for the innovations that Hugh ushered in.

Hugh has been a resident of Orange County since 1979 and currently lives with his wife and children in the City of Santa Ana.

Paid for by Hugh Nguyen for Clerk-Recorder 2022, ID #1357101