Other than Donald Trump, November 8th, 2016 marks a historical significant beginning in Sam Park’s political career. He won the Georgia’s House of Representative 101 district seat by a narrow margin by defeating incumbent Valerie Clark with 10,644 votes vs 10,199 votes (51 percent vs 49 percent).
“I believe my campaign message resonates with the voters in my district. Also, we address issues that the constituents care about,” explains Park on his victory in an interview with Georgia Asian Times.
Park, a young Korean American attorney, running for his first political campaign as a Democrat and is inspired to run by his mother who is suffering from cancer.
In addition, Park is proud that he is gay and looking forward to represent the LGBT and the Asian American community at the Georgia State Capitol.
Since the election, he has been in a daze with travels and conferences across the country. He had just returned from New American Leaders Conference in Washington DC where Park had a chance to meet with other minorities candidates who won their election bids.
Park has already outlined his vision on how to serve the community for the next two years.
“I want to do as much good as I can — creating opportunities and helping those that need help gets back on track,” said Park.
“I plan to help create legislations that benefit and to improve the life of the people,” adds Park.
Park, who is a devout Christian, believes in equal treatment of race, gender, and sexuality. “We are all children of God and we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord.”
“I want the LGBT and Asian American community as minority voices – to work together to strengthen our message for inclusiveness, equality and fairness.”
He also address the shift in the demographic layout of voters in Georgia represents an opportunity for change in legislation and policy making.
Park along with other Georgia legislators will be sworn in an official ceremony on January 9, 2017 at the State Capitol.
Going forward, he will be the lone voice representing the Asian American community in the Georgia’s House of Representative. B.J. Pak, who formerly represents Georgia House District 108, has decided not to run for re-election.