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A Republican paid homage to Captain America to send a powerful message.

The first time Lan Diep ran for San Jose City Council, he says, he lost by 13 votes. The next time around, he won by 12.

All photos via Lan Diep, used with permission.

Diep, who is the son of Vietnamese political refugees and a Republican, is used to things not coming easy. He spent a decade as a civil legal aid, fighting back-breaking cases for little payout, and battling on behalf of low-income workers with the Vietnamese American Workers’ Rights Project.

So when he finally earned a seat on the city council, he had more on his mind than doing the Republican Party proud.

He was there to represent everyday Americans.

Before attending his first council meeting, Diep took the oath of the office. He brought a special prop with him to symbolize his mission: Captain America’s shield.

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