Philip will be Dutchess County's first-ever openly LGBTQ elected Asian-American
Philip Du was born in Chengdu, China and came to America as an adolescent. Currently residing in Wappingers Falls, NY, Phillip adjusted to his new home in America quickly. He worked hard as a student and graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education.
During his university years, Phillip was elected twice to the Student Senate where he became more interested in matters of policy and governance. He focused his work toward reconstructing a more transparent and efficient College Council.
Through his experiences, Philip discovered a passion for public service which led him to join the United States Army as a Dental Specialist. Philip’s experience in the Army helped Philip forge better leadership skills and also be of service to his fellow service members by providing the best care possible. During his service in the military, Philip was awarded the Army Achievement Medal , Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Medal.
A disability resulting from his service concluded Philip’s military career. He chose to begin a new chapter in his life in the Hudson Valley area of New York where he is embracing and adapting to civilian life as a disabled veteran in the Wappinger.
Phillip Du believes in the promise of the “American Dream” and he is living proof that hope is alive and well.
Importance of Candidacy:
- Philip will be the first openly LGBTQ Asian-American elected official in Dutchess County, NY