ATLANTA — The Republican primary for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat got a little more crowded Friday as an Augusta businessman joined the field.
Eugene Chin Yu made his announcement during the National Federation of Republican Women’s conference in Atlanta.
Yu is making his first foray into politics, but he has been active in civic organizations, including serving as the national president of the Federation of Korean Associations.
He came to Georgia as a child, served in the Army and returned to Augusta to become a firefighter, deputy sheriff and the owner of several businesses, including one that supplies
armaments and other equipment to American
allies. He has also assisted Georgia officials in recruiting Korean businesses to the state.
“Through leveraging my global business experience, I will work tirelessly to make the American dream a reality by bringing jobs back to Georgia,” he said in a statement released Friday by his campaign. He did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.
He would not be the first Korean-American elected in Georgia. For instance, Rep. B.J. Pak, R-Lilburn,
is a former prosecutor in his second term in the Statehouse.
Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek re-election.
Already in the Senate GOP race are three congressmen, a former Georgia secretary of state and a MARTA engineer.
Two of the congressmen, Jack Kingston of Savannah and Phil Gingrey of Marietta, have more than $2.5 million already in their campaign accounts.
Yu isn’t the only candidate with Augusta ties, as Gingrey was born there.