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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Union City and Fremont Mayors Announce a Battle of the Cities Census Challenge

On September 18, Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci joined into a friendly challenge with Fremont City Mayor Lily Mei to see who can encourage their residents to achieve a higher Census 2020 self-response rate. The contest ends on September 30th, which is also the Census 2020 response deadline.

The two Tri-City area cities are currently close when it comes to their respective 2020 Census response rates, with Union City’s rate of 80.4% slightly exceeding Fremont’s rate of 78.8%, as of September 15th. With the September 30, 2020 deadline quickly approaching for the census, both cities’ goal is to attain a self-response rate of 100%. For Fremont and Union City, a high response rate to the Census is essential to securing a sufficient allocation of federal funding for the next 10 years to support critical services such as education, infrastructure repair, health care, and several service programs. The Census also determines Congressional representation.

Census outreach is especially important for cities, such as Fremont and Union City, that host highly diverse populations and risk being undercounted. There are three ways that residents can respond to the census: online, mail, and phone. The Census typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete and does not ask any questions regarding citizenship and financial information.

The winning Mayor will accept a gift basket of goods from their challenger’s respective city. Mayor Dutra Vernaci expresses: “A complete census count is important for Union City to receive its fair share of federal funding for critical public services. Let’s do this Union City – bring it on Fremont!”

“Fremont, please help to put the “us” into Census by ensuring your neighbors and family are counted. A complete response shapes our future and ensures critical funding for our community. Make Fremont Count!” says Fremont Mayor Lily Mei.

The Census can be completed online at or by phone 844-330-2020. Other languages are also available:

Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020

Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020

Spanish: 844-468-2020

Vietnamese: 844-461-2020.

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