Minami Named New President of JA Republicans

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Former Gov. George Deukmejian installs offers of the Japanese American Republicans at the 38th anniversary luncheon, From left, Gavin Hachiya Wasserman, Eunice Sato, Ruth Watanabe, Miyoko Mura, Harry Nakamura, Roger Minami and Elaine Takeyasu.

Former Gov. George Deukmejian installs officers of the Japanese American Republicans at the 38th anniversary luncheon, From left, Gavin Hachiya Wasserman, Eunice Sato, Ruth Watanabe, Miyoko Mura, Harry Nakamura, Roger Minami and Elaine Takeyasu.

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The Board of Directors of the Japanese American Republicans (JARS) installed Roger Minami as acting president in place of Gavin Wasserman. Wasserman recently announced that he would be stepping away from heading JARS to care for his new son, Asher, born a year ago and attend to his expanding law firm, Wasserman & Wasserman.

“The founding members of JARS worked extremely hard in developing it into a well regarded and influential organization among Republican public policy makers on the local, state and federal levels.” said Minami. “Unfortunately, with the advent of term limits, changes in campaign finance laws, redistricting and other related factors, an ongoing change of these leaders took place thus negating these efforts. Gavin worked tirelessly to remarket JARS within the Republican party and intelligently in identifying and supporting its future leaders. Through these efforts, he has laid the groundwork for its long term success.”

Minami served as a political appointee in Washington under President George W. Bush at the Departments of Agriculture and Transportation. He is currently finishing a Masters in Public Administration program through the University of Oklahoma. His research topic is the public policy aspects of fires at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI).

During the period of change from Wasserman to Minami, the business of JARS will continue to go forward. In September, JARS will host a fundraising dinner on behalf of former State Assemblymember Alan Nakanishi who is currently a candidate for the State Board of Equalization, seat 2. The featured speaker will be Jeremy Yamaguchi, councilmember to the City of Placentia. Yamaguchi, a 19 year-old political science major at Cal-State Fullerton gained much notoriety late last year when he became the youngest person in Orange County to hold an elected office.

JARS was originally started back in 1967 as a vehicle of support on behalf of Ronald Reagan. JARS continues to play a role in advancing the Japanese American community through its support of various political figures and organizations.

For more information on JARS, contact Roger Minami at [email protected]

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