DeKalb County voters elected Bee Nguyen to a seat in the Georgia General Assembly in Tuesday’s election. With 52 percent of the vote, Nguyen defeated fellow Democrat Sachin Varghese in the House District 89 runoff election and will fill the vacant seat of Stacy Abrams, the former House Democratic leader.
This victory confirms that Nguyen will be the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to this position.
Nguyen, who formerly served as Chief of Staff for Representative Sam Park, received the most votes in last month’s special election with approximately 40 percent of the vote. Since neither she or Varghese received more than 50 percent, they were forced into a runoff election.
A child of immigrants, Nguyen is an advocate for women and girls, communities of color, and refugee families. She champions this work as a public servant and founder of Athena’s Warehouse, 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering teen girls with an emphasis on positive female role models. A graduate of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Nguyen believes every voice matters and will fight for underrepresented Georgians at the state’s Capitol.
More on Nguyen and her campaign can be found here.