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Nigerian-born Okoye in US 2020 election race

Gabe Okoye, a Nigerian-born American, is at the poll within the Democratic Celebration’s senatorial number one runoff election in the US.

Okoye is looking for the birthday party’s price ticket for the November three normal election into the Georgia State Senate to constitute District 9.

The civil engineer, from Enugwu-Aguleri in Anambra State, moved to the U.S. in 1981, and has lived in Lawrenceville, headquarters of Gwinnett County since 1992.

He’ll face primary challenger, Nikki Merritt, in the second one spherical scheduled for August 11.

Okoye and Merritt complex to the runoff degree after defeating a 3rd aspirant, Cheryle Moses, within the first spherical of the main hung on June 9.

The winner will face the incumbent, Senator Peter Martin.

The Republican, who has been representing the district since 2015, is looking for a fourth time period.

Okoye informed the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) that he was once aspiring to provide the black neighborhood in Gwinnet County a robust voice on the state degree.

“Underneath my management of the birthday party, we elected the primary black commissioner, first black college board member, and likewise the primary black Solicitor-Common of the county in its 200-year historical past as of 2018. The Democratic Celebration additionally produced the primary black state pass judgement on from this county below my watch,” he mentioned.

The flesh presser assures that he’s going to give “a fearless, robust voice to the silent majority in our district and our county normally.”

Okoye, these days a Making plans Commissioner in Gwinnett County, is the primary black guy to function a commissioner within the county’s 202-year historical past.

He serves at the Government Committee Board of the Gwinnett and state chapters of the Democratic Celebration.

Because the native govt birthday party chairman between 2016 and 2018, Okoye led the birthday party into the 2018 mid-term elections and recorded ancient wins.

Underneath his management, the Democrats captured 13 elected places of work, together with the vast majority of Gwinnett seats within the Georgia state legislature.

The Dems additionally received the 2 county fee seats, some of the two College Board seats, and claimed the administrative center of the Solicitor Common of Gwinnett County from the Republicans.

The Georgia Area of Representatives in Solution 313 of 2019, designated November 6 of that yr as Gabe Okoye Management Day.

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