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HOPEFUL: Kenyans in Georgia set to vote for one of their own, Karen Gitau as a Councilwoman in Kennesaw

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenyans in Georgia are excited that one of their own could soon become a Councilwoman for the City of Kennesaw. Ms Karen Gitau, an immigrant from the East African nation who was recently nominated  for the 6th annual Cobb County Community Service  award, will be on the ballot come November 5th this year.

She is banking on the thousands of Kenyans in the Atlanta Metropolitan area who have acquired  US citizenship as well as their children who are registered voters.

She is seeking the position in a city of approximately 32,000 residents and Kenyans who know her are reaching out to compatriots as well as Americans to come out and help her realize her dream. Below is the map of Kennesaw.

Map of Kennesaw, GA

According to Kenyanparentsinusa.com, Karen, through her Global Media Outreach,  has assisted  many people to find solace and comfort in the Christian faith.

She has also been reaching out to those in abusive marriages, kids with special needs as well as people struggling with suicidal thoughts, controlled substance abuse, depression, homelessness, and alcoholism.

 

In 2013, she authored the book: The Kid, the single mum and the Crazy Community, a collection of thought-provoking, yet funny stories about life of a single mom and how she pushes on, oblivious of the humiliation she is subjected to by the community around her. (The paperback and the kindle version are available here on Amazon).

Several Kenyan community leaders in Kennesaw and its vicinity  have embraced her in this new quest.”The only way we can show our love and support to this ambitious young lady is by coming out like safari ants and cast a vote for her as she truly deserves to continue serving the community in another capacity,” says Dr DK Gitau, the President of Kenyan Parents in the USA organisation.

Ms Christine Muchene, a well known and long standing Kenyan Community organizer in Georgia, has appealed to all eligible Kenyans of goodwill to register as voters and come out in big numbers to support one of their own.

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“What?💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 thuraku kumira kumira, minji minji, tiarara or tibim whichever fits you.😂😂😂😂
I am liking this. I request all Kenyan churches to call heaven for these two today,” she posted on a social media site.

The lead Pastor at Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) Rev Dr GG Gitahi echoed the same message.

“We can do great things in this community if we stick together and support those of us who seek elective positions. It is good for us as a community of immigrants. Even if you are not a voter, pass the word around,” he told an attentive congregation of about 500 Kenyans in Marietta on Sunday.

Fannuel Mugendi Murianki wrote: “Can’t wait to vote my dream come true! Let’s support Karen by showing up and casting votes.”

Although there is no known official fugure of Kenyans residing in metro Atlanta area, it is estimated that they run into tens of thousands, joining other cities like Dallas, TX, and Boston, MA, which are believed to have some of the highest concentrations of persons from the East African nation. Kennesaw City could be home to hundreds if not thousands of them.

The Council members in Kennesaw are elected “at large” and serve as liaisons to city departments as assigned by the Mayor. One Council member serves as Mayor Pro-Tem, determined by a vote of all five members.  The Mayor Pro-Tem assumes all the duties and powers of the Mayor in his/her absence.

According to information posted on the Council’s website, advance Voting will be available Monday through Friday from October 14, 2019 through November 1, 2019 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Elections and Registration office located at:
• West Park Government Center, 736 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064.

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Additional Advance Voting locations will be available October 28, 2019 through November 1, 2019 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Voters may vote at any of the following locations:
• Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Rd., Kennesaw, GA, 30144
• Austell Community Center, 2625 Joe Jerkins Blvd., Austell, GA 30106
• Powder Springs Community Development Bldg., 4488 Pineview Dr., Powder Springs, GA 30127
• Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, GA 30080

Voters may apply to Vote-by-Mail by submitting an application to the Cobb County Elections Office at P.O. Box 649, Marietta, GA 30061-0649 or by faxing an application to 770/528-2458. Applications will be available at www.CobbElections.org. Mail-in ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 either through the mail or personally delivered by the voter to the Cobb County Elections Office.

Are you 18 years old?  Have you moved? Have you had a name change?  Are you registered to vote?  It’s an election year in the City of Kennesaw and every vote counts.  For those who wish to have a voice in their community – this is your chance!  At the local level your vote truly does count in a significant way. Have your voices heard and register to vote!

For information about where to vote or how to vote early as well as sample ballots for any upcoming election, visit the Secretary of State’s website, called the My Voter Page.

 

By typing your name, birth date and county, you can get the following information:

  • Voter registration status
  • Polling place location for Election Day voting
  • Sample ballot customized by voting district
  • Early voting locations and times
  • Elected Officials for state-wide and state district offices
  • Mail-In absentee ballot application and ballot status

Voters who choose not to vote in person may apply to Vote-by-Mail by submitting an application to the Cobb County Elections Office at P.O. Box 649, Marietta, GA 30061-0649 or by faxing an application to 770-528-2458. Applications are available at www.cobbelections.org.

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VOTING PRECINCTS

All precincts have been approved by the Kennesaw City Council and the Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration; polls will be open November 5, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the election will be held in the following precincts:

  • Kennesaw KE1A – Influencers Church Kennesaw, 1455 Ben King Road NW
  • Kennesaw KE2A – Kennesaw Mountain HS, 1898 Kennesaw Due West Rd
  • Kennesaw KE3A – Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive
  • Kennesaw KE4A – Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 N. Main Street
  • Kennesaw KE5A – Legacy Park Clubhouse, 4201 Legacy Park Circle

Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration will mail notices 30 days before the election to voters who will be assigned a new precinct.

VOTER REGISTRATION

There are several ways you can register to vote:

  • Register to vote when you get your driver’s license
  • Register at any Cobb County Library when you apply for a library card, or any time you are at a library you may pick up a blank application and mail it in yourself
  • Pick up an application at government service centers, city halls, or senior centers
  • Call the Cobb County Elections office at (770) 528-2581 and they will mail you an application
  • Come to the Board of Elections office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Suite 400, Marietta GA 30064, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

DUTIES

The City Council executes all rights and powers granted the city through its city charter under the self-governing provisions of the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia. The duties of the City Council include approving all city expenditures, setting the mileage rate for property taxes, approving the city’s budget, passing ordinances, establishing policies and procedures, and hearing all rezoning and annexation requests.

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  1. C W Harris

    September 2, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Kennesaw has about 19,000 registered voters.

    Based on prior years I would ‘guess’ that about 1,600 will go to the polls for this off year election where the only contested race is this Post 1 City Council seat.

    The seat is now held by Jim (Doc) Eaton whose is White and has been in Kennesaw for decades. He has some opposition as he has angered some folks with things like making the city cemetary a dog park. (That did not go over well).

    A Black resident who has served on various committies etc put his application to run in on Aug 19th. At that time it would have been Mr Antonio Jones v. Jim Eaton and while it might have been close, Mr. Jones would have had the backing of the ‘anti-Eaton’ residents and could be expected to get pretty much all of those minority voters.

    Two days after Jones registered, Ms Gitau entered the race. She was only a registered voter from her application 5 days previous to her filing.

    The bottom line on this is that with Jones taking on Eaton it was a toss up as to who would win the seat.

    Now Ms Gitau comes in at the very last minute and now she will divide the anti-Eaton vote and also the minority vote.

    What has been accomplished here by her last minute rush to run?

    Well it has simply assured that Jim Eaton will win his re-election bid and neither Mr. Jones or Ms Gitau will end up on the City Council.

    • Herman

      October 12, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      #ADOS

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UPDATE: The late Eric Mwangi Thumbi of Atlanta to be buried this Sunday

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We’d like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you for standing with the Thumbi family after the promotion to glory of Eric Mwangi. God bless you for your continuing prayers, encouragement and financial gifts!

The Funeral Service will be held Sunday Jan 19th starting at 2pm at West Cobb Funeral Home.
Address: 2480 Macland Rd, Marietta, GA 30064

Mwangi will be laid to rest afterwards at 3pm at Kennesaw Memorial Park.
Address: 1306 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064

Eric was a beloved son to Elder Gathara Thumbi and Apostle Nyambura Thumbi .
Brother to Malkia Mumbi Hornsby, Anthony Mwangi Thumbi, Anne Wangui Thumbi , Mumbi Rehema Thumbi and Muthoni Wangui Thumbi. Brother in love to Kazha Hornsby, and Hannah Nyambura Mwangi . Uncle to Makena Hornsby. He rested on Tuesday Evening 1/7/2020 .

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VIDEO: Check out how much Lupita Nyongo spends on sneakers

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Kenyan- American actress Lupita Nyongo and her co-star Winston Duke bought five pairs of sneakers worth over $ 3,000 (Ksh 300,000).

The two actors shared with Jo-La Puma, the owner of Stadium Goods, a sneaker shop based in New York City, how their sense of style is shaped by their Kenyan and Caribbean heritage.

 

 

 

The Kenyan actor says;

“I have a very stylish mother. Growing up, I was always so impressed by how she always put herself together.”

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