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First Korean American Georgia House Representative, First Korean American US Senate Candidate, First Vietnamese American Female City Council and Other Historic Leaders and Candidates to gather for December 10th Election Dinner Celebration

Atlanta, GA, December 4, 2013 — The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC) invites media to our end of the year Election Dinner Celebration on Tuesday, December 10th where a historic number of Asian American elected officials and candidates will gather.

Confirmed speakers for the dinner event include: State Representative B.J. Pak (R, Dist. 108), first Korean American Georgia House Representative; State Representative Pedro Marin (D, Dist. 96), highest ranking Latino Democrat in Georgia; Judge Carla Wong McMillian, first Asian American Appellate Judge in Georgia; Hang Tran, Morrow City Council Elect, first Vietnamese American female city council member in Georgia; Eugene Yu, first Korean American to seek a US Senate seat in Georgia; Birendra Dhakal, first Bhutanese American candidate for Clarkston City Council; and Louis Tseng, Duluth City Council Candidate. The dinner will be held at I Luv Pho #3, 5145 Buford Highway (the old Pung Mie Restaurant), Doraville GA.

This year, an historic five Asian Americans ran for local races throughout metro-Atlanta and two Asian Americans won their local race.

“The historic number of Asian Americans running for office, and the increasing interest and number of Asians voting and participating in the political process, is a sign of our growing strength and power,” said Helen Kim Ho AALAC’s Executive Director. “We want to invite all of our community members to this dinner celebration where they will have a chance to meet with these elected officials and candidates, and learn how we can continue to build power for our children, businesses and communities.”

More than 100 people have rsvp’ed, and ten community groups and law firms have sponsored this free dinner hosted by restaurant I Luv Pho. There will be a facilitated Question and Answer session with all candidates, a preview of AALAC’s 2014 Public Policy Agenda and information on AALAC’s 3rd annual Asian American Legislative Breakfast scheduled for February 10th, 2014.

The end of election Dinner Celebration is free to attend, and media is encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Alice Kim at alice@aalegal.org.