AALAC, AAHF: meeting with Johns Creek elected officials

8/1/2013 6:00 PM

AALAC, AAHF: meeting with Johns Creek elected officials

AALAC, AAHF: meeting with Johns Creek elected officials.
Asian American Legal Advocacy Center and Asian American Heritage Foundation are hosts, encouraging AAPIs not only to vote but to consider running for local government office.

Date: THURSDAY, August 1, 2013
Time: 6pm - 8 pm.
Venue: The Palace Restaurant, 6131 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross, GA 30092.
Contact: alice@aalegal.org, 404-585-8446.

On Thursday, August 1st between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC) is organizing a dinner meeting with Johns Creek elected officials to educate residents on the importance of the Johns Creek municipal elections and provide a networking opportunity to meet and speak directly with local officials. The dinner is being co-hosted with Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Georgia and the Asian American Heritage Foundation.

“Although Gwinnett County remains the county with the largest AAPI population,north Fulton County is becoming the leading migration site for AAPIs, which includes Johns Creek and Alpharetta,” said Alice Kim, AALAC’s Director of Civic Engagement

Johns Creek has the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population of any city in Georgia.  AAPIs make up 23.4% or 19,260 of the total population in Johns Creek according to the latest Census.   The two largest Asian ethnic groups in Johns Creek are Indian and Korean.

AALAC approximates that about 16.2% of all voting age persons in that city are also AAPI.  However, currently only 8.1% of all active voters in Johns Creek are AAPI.   “AAPI voters have the power to influence the elections.  Our goal is to encourage AAPIs not only to vote but to consider running,” said Kim.  Currently there are no AAPI elected officials in Johns Creek.

The positions that are open for election this November 5, 2013 in Johns Creek is the Johns Creek Mayor position, and 3 city council posts.   Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker, Mayor ProTem Bev Miller, City Council Member Kelly Stewart, and City Council Member Karen Richardson are confirmed to attend.

 

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