This past week, I had the opportunity to attend a fundraiser for Garrett Yee, Candidate for California State Assembly, District 20 (which encompasses Fremont, Newark, Union City, Milpitas, parts of Hayward, Castro Valley, Pleasanton and San Jose). The current Assembly member, Alberto Torrico, will be termed out at the end of 2012.
Yee has served the community in a variety of elected and non-elected capacities; he has been involved in the Army Reserves since 1987, and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It’s not often you see Asian Americans involved in the armed forces, and in keeping in touch with Otto Lee — a former Mayor of Sunnyvale currently staying in Iraq — I’ve come to appreciate what the great sacrifice that those in the military have to make while those serving in harms way.
Best of luck to Garrett! I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about him as the November 2010 elections are just around the corner.