The nation’s first Hmong American mayor, Steve Ly of Elk Grove, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Ly developed a passion for democracy from his dad, Capt. Youchao Ly, a Hmong refugee who flew with the Ravens, U.S. Air Force pilots who sniffed out the North Vietnamese army in Laos and then directed bombing raids. José Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com