If some local leaders have their way, Gwinnett's Asian community will play a bigger role in this year's election cycle.
Chung Lee, a Duluth municipal judge, has organized a forum specially for the Asian community to learn about the candidates running in open Superior Court, State Court and Probate Court races.
With about a dozen groups sponsoring the event and advertising with churches and the community's radio and newspapers, Lee said as many as 400 people could come to the forum, set for 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Korean Community Presbyterian Church on Duluth Highway in Duluth.
"It'll be a huge event," Lee said. "It's a historic event for the Asian-American community."
Lee said he has several local attorneys to participate in the event's panels, and he is inviting translators for Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese.
"Asian-Americans are a group that are getting involved in the political process," Lee said, noting that the community has its first representative in the state Legislature in Lilburn's B.J. Pak. "I want them to participate in the judicial process and selecting judges."
All of the candidates in the July 31 judicial election in the event, which includes dinner.Reddy reappointed to transportation boardDuluth man Narender Reddy has again been tapped to serve on the board of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.
Reddy, who joined the GRTA board in 2003 and was reappointed in 2007, was recently named to a third five-year term by Gov. Nathan Deal. That means he will have the job until June 2017.
Reddy, the former founding director of Quantum National Bank in Suwanee, is president of Sterling Realty Services and a real estate investor and broker. He also serves on the Atlanta Regional Commission's Environment and Land Use Committee.
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