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Gwinnett’s new Democratic commissioners will be sworn in next week

Gwinnett’s newest county commissioners are scheduled to be sworn in next week. 

Marlene Fosque and Ben Ku will be the commission’s first-ever African-American and Asian-American members, respectively. They’ll also be the county’s first Democratic commissioners in more than three decades

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Fosque is scheduled to be sworn in at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. Ku is scheduled to be sworn in at 5:30 p.m. the same day. 

Both ceremonies will be held in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

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Fosque and Ku both topped two-term Republican incumbents to claim their seats. Gwinnett has long been a Republican stronghold but changing demographics are among the factors that have helped turn it increasingly blue in recent elections

Gwinnett voters chose Democrat Stacey Abrams by a significant margin over Gov.-elect Brian Kemp in November’s general election.

Fosque will represent District 4, which predominantly covers the Lawrenceville and Buford areas. Ku will represent District 2, which covers parts of the Lilburn, Norcross and Peachtree Corners areas. 

The first black and Asian commissioners were elected in county history Tuesday night.

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