Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Contact: Ike Gulas
Dear Brothers, Sisters, and friends of the AHEPA Family:
Yesterday, we witnessed a historic election. The American Dream is alive and well. We congratulate President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden, Jr. on their hard-fought victory. The American Hellenic community looks forward to working with the new administration on issues of importance to the community: strengthening U.S.-Greece relations, a just, viable, and peaceful solution to the division of Cyprus, and securing religious freedom and protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Their demonst rated interest and understanding of Hellenic American issues is encouraging and presents great opportunity for progress. However, we must continue to work diligently to keep our issues at the forefront in Washington. Also we salute Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin for running a commendable campaign.
We cong ratulate the Greek-American members of Congress who were successful in their reelection bids: U.S. Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Zack Space (D-OH), and Niki Tsongas (D-MA). We look forward to working with these core members of the Hellenic Caucus along with our greatest Philhellene, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who co-chairs the Caucus and successfully won reelection.
And we warmly welcome and congratulate Dina Titus (D-NV), who accomplished the difficult task of unseating an incumbent member of Congress. She will be an asset as a future member of the Hellenic Caucus.
Moreover, the noble efforts of Greek-American challengers Jane Mitakides (D-OH) and Jim Trakas (R-OH) are to be commended. Running for office is never an easy task especially for challengers. They are to be applauded. We must strive to encourage more Greek-Americans to run for public office at all levels of government. It is a cause that falls well within our mission.
Finally, a hearty thank you to everyone who participated in our voter registration and education programs during the fall. Civic responsibility is a crucial element of AHEPAâ€™s mission. For each person who registered another to vote, who shared our congressional scorecard with a family member or friend, who helped our senior citizens to the polls, or more importantly, who
exercised their right to vote, we commend your fulfillment to your civic duty.
Ike Gulas, Supreme President