I’m Sabel and I’m the daughter of Vietnamese boat refugees and working-class Virginians. I’m an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, community builder, advocate, and educator. I’m running to be your Ward 1 Councilmember to fight for those of us who have been overlooked for far too long.
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Landing and living in Ward 1 has perennially deepened her love of the District, from its vibrant history and culture to the welcoming neighbors that live there. After seeing the opportunity to make meaningful change in her neighborhood, Sabel took the leap into public service by running for, and securing a seat on, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission for 1B representing Single Member District 12, home to over 2,000 residents. Aside from her loving partner, Paul Gleger, Sabel is supported in her volunteering for the ANC by their rescue dog, Essie, that walks with Sabel on the streets of the U St Neighborhood throughout the day while she checks on neighbors, reports service issues, and connects with the local businesses.
Journey To The US
Sabel was raised by her mother, Jackie, a boat refugee from Vietnam who fled there in 1975 with Sabel’s aunts, uncle, and Ong Ngoai and Ba Ngoai (Maternal Grandfather and Grandmother). Jackie was determined to set a good example that cultivating a hard work ethic and demonstrating your skill could help break down barriers for mothers. She began college when she was 30 to get her degree from Christopher Newport University and is continuing to develop a career in workforce development. Her family’s focus on education led Sabel to George Mason University where she studied for a degree in history and economics. Sabel’s family, including her two little sisters (Caitlin, 20, and Reese, 13), currently reside in Virginia Beach.