Mike Gin

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Michael A. Gin was mayor of Redondo Beach, California and was a Republican candidate in the special election to fill the seat in California's 36th congressional district left vacant by the resignation of Jane Harman.

Early life and education[edit]

Gin was born in the South Bay region of Los Angeles to Chinese American parents.[1] He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Southern California in 1984.[2]

Career[edit]

Gin served on the Redondo Beach City Council from 1995 to 2003.[3] In May 2005, he was elected mayor of Redondo Beach after receiving 61% of the vote in a runoff election against councilman and fellow Republican Gerard Bisignano.[3] Gin faced no opposition during his mayoral re-election bid in March 2009.[4]

On March 1, 2011, Gin announced that he would be a candidate in the special election to fill the seat in California's 36th congressional district left vacant by the resignation of Jane Harman.[5] He finished fifth in the May 17, 2011, primary election.[6]

Personal[edit]

Gin and his husband, Christopher Kreidel, married in California in 2008.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bajko, Matthew S. (March 3, 2011). "Gay CA GOP Mayor of Redondo Beach Mike Gin makes Congressional bid official". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gunji, Nao (April 7, 2010). "Meet the Mayor". Redondo Beach Patch. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Alanez, Tonya (May 19, 2005). "Anti-Gay Strategy Backfired". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ Teetor, Paul (June 3, 2009). "Mike Gin, Redondo Beach's Chinese-American, Rotarian, Gay Mayor". LA Weekly. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ Merl, Jean (March 2, 2011). "Redondo Beach mayor joins crowded race to succeed Rep. Jane Harman". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ Merl, Jean (May 18, 2011). "Janice Hahn, Craig Huey appear headed for Congress seat runoff". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ Bajko, Matthew S. (March 3, 2011). "Gay Republican to Seek Congressional Seat". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved May 21, 2011.