Augusta businessman seeks Senate seat

Friday, July 19, 2013 8:45 PM
Last updated 10:53 PM
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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.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 07/19/13 - 10:40 pm
Skin in the game

Well, I'll say that Mr. Yu's Augusta experience is way more than Mr. Gingrey's. I'll take Yu.

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