…Nigerian-born, Gabe Okoye is contesting for a senatorial seat of the Georgia State Senate
An African-American Nigerian-born, Gabe Okoye is contesting a senatorial seat of the Georgia State Senate in the United States.
Okoye who hails from Enugwu-Aguleri in Anambra State is vying for the Democratic Party’s ticket in the American election slated for November 3 to represent District 9 of the Georgia State Senate.
He is already but charismatically on the poll in the Democratic Party’s senatorial primary runoff election in the United States.
He is a civil engineer who relocated to the America in 1981, and has lived in Lawrenceville, headquarters of Gwinnett County since 1992.
His main contender in the election is Nikki Merritt whom he will face in the second round scheduled for August 11.
Okoye and Merritt progressed to the runoff stage after defeating a third candidate, Cheryle Moses, in the first round of the primary held on June 9, and whoever that emerges the winner has the final battle of the to challenge the incumbent, Senator Peter Martin.
Martin, a Republican who has been representing the district since 2015, is pursuing a successive fourth term.
Okoye disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was aiming to give the Black community in Gwinnet County a strong voice at the state level.
“Under my leadership of the party, we elected the first black commissioner, first black school board member, and also the first black Solicitor-General of the county in its 200-year history as of 2018. The Democratic Party also produced the first black state judge from this county under my watch,” he said.
The politician said that he would give “a fearless, strong voice to the silent majority in our district and our county in general.”
Okoye, who is presently a Planning Commissioner in Gwinnett County, is the first black man to serve as a commissioner in the county’s 202-year history.
He serves on the Executive Committee Board of the Gwinnett and state chapters of the Democratic Party.
He also led the party into the 2018 mid-term elections and recorded historic wins as the local government party chairman from 2016 to 2018.
Under his management, the Democrats secured 13 elected offices, including the majority of Gwinnett seats in the Georgia state legislature. They also won the two county commission seats, one of the two School Board seats, and gained the office of the Solicitor General of Gwinnett County from the Republicans. The Georgia House of Representatives in Resolution 313 of 2019, labelled November 6 of that year as Gabe Okoye Leadership Day.