BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Columbus, Georgia was bustling with political activity this
mid May - The 2008 Georgia Republican Convention convened
here in on May 16 and 17, 2008. At the state convention,
delegates selected 30 delegates and 30 alternates to the
Republican National Convention.
Atlanta Republican Narender Reddy was elected as an
Alternate-Delegate and will attend the Republican National
Convention to be held this September 1-4 in Minneapolis-St
Reddy was invited to speak at the convention on May 16th.
Having spoken at the convention in the past, Reddy urged the
GOP leadership to make special efforts to bring ethnic
groups like Indian-Americans, who share the party’s values,
in to its’ fold. He also presented facts and figures of the
successful Indian American community to the convention. His
speech also stressed the lack of diverse population at the
State convention in spite of the fact that Georgia is
churning out to be a melting pot.
Reddy, back in 2004 was the first Indian American to be
elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention
held in New York where George W. Bush was nominated for
second term. He harbors fond memories of the New York
convention relishing Broadway Shows including “Bombay
Dreams”. He also enjoyed meeting people from all over the
country and attending high profile parties in the nights.
Elected as an Alternate-Delegate this year, Reddy looks
forward to the Minneapolis experience.
“Preparations are well underway for the party’s 39th
nominating convention,” Reddy says. Roughly about 2,380
delegates and 2,227 alternate delegates elected to represent
their states and territories, Reddy says, will play a
critical role in our nation’s democratic process and secure
a place in political history. In addition to delegates, it
is anticipated that about 45,000 guests will be attending
“In 2004, I was the first Indian-American to get elected as
Delegate to the National Convention and I’ll be proud to
represent our State once again at the National Convention,”
We are proud to have an Indian American voice at the
convention and send our heartiest congratulations for being
elected this year and best wishes for the future.