Loganville mayor appointed to state Immigration Enforcement Review Board

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez has been appointed to the Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board for a term to end June 30, 2019. Martinez succeeds former review board member Phil Kent. Martinez is one of two appointments made by Executive Order of the governor on Aug. 6, 2018. Rachel Little of Gwinnett County was also appointed to replace Shawn Hanley.

Martinez said he’s not sure at this time exactly what duties this appointment will entail.

“I’m still going through all the background check and formalities that are involved in a state appointment and then I will be sworn in,” he said. “I’ve been appointed to state boards before so I’m familiar with the process.”

Deal appointed him to serve on the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity in 2015. Martinez also served as the head of Hispanics for Trump during the 2016 presidential election.

Martinez, born in Peurto Rico to Cuban parents, was elected mayor of the City of Loganville in November 2017, taking office in January of this year as the first Hispanic mayor of a city in Walton or Gwinnett County and believed to possibly be the first Hispanic mayor of any city in Georgia. His family migrated to the United States when he was 9.

Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez has the Oath of Office administered by Walton County Municipal Court Judge Bruce Wright with his wife at his side on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Now a retired member of the U.S. Navy, Martinez has lived in Loganville for more than 10 years and served on the City Council from 2011-17. During his term on the Loganville City Council, he also served two tours of duty in the Middle East.

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