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First Asian American mayor in Georgia to be sworn in today

Longtime Brookhaven city councilmember John Park will be sworn in today as mayor, becoming Georgia’s first Asian American mayor.

Brookhaven is about 11 miles north of Atlanta.

Park won his race in November with 59% of the vote in a runoff against Lauren Kiefer, reported Rough Draft Atlanta. He succeeds Mayor John Ernst who is termed out after two terms.

Park has served three terms on the city council since 2014, the city says.

Among is major goals:

  • Maintain and improve the livability of our neighborhoods
  • Integrate Brookhaven into a regional network of paths and greenways
  • Acquire more parks and greenspace in Brookhaven
  • Foster more public private partnerships to achieve the goals of Brookhaven

He immigrated at the age of 6 from South Korea where he was born. He grew up in Decatur, GA and worked at the Center for Disease Control and the George Health Department as a technical consultant for surveillance of national diseases.

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