Sunday, July 14, 2013

Korean-American to Run for Senator Chambliss Seat

ATLANTA, GA - Eugene Yu will be given his national announcement as a candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia's capital, July 19th, a spokeperson informed to Bienvenidos Press. He will become the first ever Korean-American to run as a Republican for Senate. Mr. Yu will compete with other in his party for the seat being held by Saxby Chambliss, who decided not to seek reelection in November 2014.

U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones on Thursday ordered the primary elections for U.S. Senate and House of Representative contests to be moved from mid-July to June 6. He ruled in a federal lawsuit that required Georgia to have 45 days between the primary and runoff to allow for military and absentee ballots. Democrats and Republicans candidates will have more time to campaign for a runoff, and Yu will need that time, in case of a chance for a runoff, to advertise his name since he is unknown as a politician.

Any runoff election will be held on August 5, a full two months after the primary.

On September 2011 the Newberry College announced the election of Trustee Eugene Chin Yu as the new president of the Federation of the Korean American Associations of the U.S. Yu has been a trustee at the College since 2008.

After a two-day trial period in Fairfax County, Va., Circuit Court Judge Jane Roush ruled Yu to be the 24th president of the association.

In the position, Yu will act as a sitting member of the Korean Congress where he will be a full voting member representing the 3.5 million Korean-Americans living in the U.S.

Having emigrated to Augusta, Ga. at eight years old, Yu has been active in Korean-American affairs most of his life as a member of the National Unification Advisory Council for the Republic of Korea, and as president and CEO of the Korean American Association for the Southeastern U.S. He also played an important role in the building of a Korean War memorial in Augusta in the early 1990's.

Yu is currently the president, CEO, and owner of Continental Military Services Inc. (CM Services) in Augusta, and is also the marketing/sales consultant at General Purpose Vehicles, where he markets and sells wheeled armored vehicles to Korean and Egyptian military. He is a graduate of Harvard University's Executive MBA program.

Yu and his family currently live in Evans, but Yu has lived in the Augusta area for nearly 40 years now. He has been a member of the Augusta chapter of the Federation of Korean Associations for more than 30 years and served as chapter president in 1999 and Southeastern regional president in 2006. He decided in January to run for the four-year term as national president.

"I am what we call a 1.5 generation Korean-American. What that means, anyone who came to America when they were 20 years old or older, we call first generation. If you came over as a teenager, you're a 1.5 generation Korean-American. Anyone born in the United States, like my son, is second generation," Yu said.

Yu pointed out that Korean industry has been moving to the Southeast, pointing to Kia's factory in LaGrange, Ga., as an example.

"Kia employs almost 5,000 people working there, and then they have a lot of first tier, second tier and third tier supply companies that have followed them there," he said. "There are almost 30 to 40 Korean companies already there, and they're kind of saturated, so I'm talking so some of these first-tier supply companies about looking to move east of Atlanta and come to this area."

The Augusta chapter of the Federation of Korean Associations has one annual meeting per year, Yu said, but its various committees schedule monthly meeting. The chapter boasts some 7,000 members over the two-state area.

"As national president, whenever I travel to Korea, I'm trying to diplomatically introduce our area because I believe we need more businesses in our area to bring the jobs. I have a very optimistic outlook that we're going to be better, and I want to contribute, not only as a Korean-American but as a resident of the CSRA; I want the CSRA to continue and prosper," said Yu.

Employment History
National President
Federation of Korean Associations USA
Korea Freedom League
Member of the Augusta Chapter
Federation of Korean Associations
President and Chief Executive Officer
Korean American Association for the Southeastern U.S.

Board Memberships and Affiliations
Full Voting Member
Korean Congress
Harvard University

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