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Deputy Mayor of Bellevue, WA Gets Promotion to Mayor – First Asian-American Mayor

Conrad Lee 2011

9/23/2011

Tuesday night, while the Iowa Caucuses were soaking up all the media air in the room, Conrad Lee, a Republican, became the first Hong Kong born Mayor of Bellevue. Lee immigrated to the U.S. as a child. Since being an adult, he’s spoken at naturalization ceremonies where they swear in new citizens of the U.S.

Even among Asian-Americans, he’s a minority.  Most elected Asian-Americans are Democrats, and Asian groups tend to lobby for and support Democrat candidates.  Lee was voted in by his fellow councilmembers on the city council.

For more information about Conrad Lee, see City of Bellevue’s biography and a Northwest Asian Weekly piece in 2007.