NORCROSS, GA - On Thursday, August 16th. A public event is planned including dinner where voters and city elected officials will be meeeting. The three hours event is planned for six in the afternoon. It is sponsered by Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
"The Group is organizing a dinner meeting between Clarkston City Officials and residents to encourage more residents to vote in the upcoming November 3, 2015 municipal elections," said a spokswoman.
"There will be elections for three City Council seats on November 3rd.
Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry, Councilman Dean Moore, and more are expected to attend," she said.
The dinner is being held at Kathmandu Kitchen and Grill, located at 926 Montreal Rd, Clarkston, Georgia 30021. A Republican political observer once said "offer free food and boozr, and they will come!" The dinner is for free according to the organizers.
"The event is part of Advancing Justice’s ongoing Community Dinners with City Officials' series to educate residents on the importance of municipal elections, provide networking opportunities to meet and speak directly with local officials, and also learn about running for office," according to their spokswoman.
The race for local office is still open for qualification. Those interested in running for Clarkston City Council have between Monday, August 31st and Friday, September 4th to qualify as a candidate.
The City of Clarkston is the main refugee resettlement site in Georgia and is home to a residential population that is more than 83% racial minority.
Nearly 31.8% of Clarkston’s residents are foreign-born and 27% are Asian according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“Clarkston is one of the most diverse cities in Georgia, and much of the diversity is due to the settlement of refugees from different Asian countries,” said Helen Ho, Executive Director of AAAJ-Atlanta. In 2013, only 5% of the Asian population in Clarkston was registered to vote.
“Clarkston is thriving socially and economically because of immigrants and refugees. We want to be sure all of Clarkston’s residents, but most especially immigrants and refugees, are educated and engaged in the political process,” said Ho.
Clarkston Councilmember Dean Moore spent two months in Kenya . "It was an experience that has augmented his city service," he said.
While in Kenya, Moore served as a project manager. On one project he led a team to replace a water tank that had just been destroyed by fire at the Reuben Vision School and BioCentre, and install a new water treatment system at the campus.
Moore and his team were able to install piping in less than a day. Within 48 hours, Moore and his team had completed the project, which restored drinking water and bathing facilities to their original capacity for the more than 300 children and orphans that attend the school.