Incoming Morrow City Councilwoman Hang Tran, center, takes the oath of office from Clayton County Superior Court Judge Geronda Carter Friday night. Tran is the first Vietnamese woman to ever hold an elected office in Georgia, according to an official Vietnamese Community of Georgia organization. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)
MORROW — Incoming Morrow City Councilwoman Hang Tran made not only city history, but state history as well when she was sworn in Friday night.
Tran is set to become the first Asian-American to sit on the city council next month. However, she will also become the first Vietnamese woman to have ever held an elected office in Georgia, said Vietnamese Community of Georgia President Kim Hanh Dang.
Tran and fellow incoming Councilman Chris Mills were sworn in by Clayton County Superior Court Judge Geronda Carter during a ceremony at Morrow City Hall.
Mills is the second African-American to be elected to the council, behind Councilwoman Jeanell Bridges. However, his election also made city history because he will be the first African-American male to sit on the council.
Because of the statewide history made by Tran’s election, though, several representatives from Vietnamese groups from around metro Atlanta, including Dang, attended the swearing in. Vietnamese residents make up more than 20 percent of the city’s total population, said Anh Nguyen, a data desimination specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau who attended the swearing in.
Friday's event marked a ceremonial swearing in. Tran and Mills will participate in another city-run swearing in ceremony at their first council meeting Jan. 14.
Read the New Year’s Day edition of Clayton News Daily for more information about the history-making swearing in ceremony.