meet justin

Justin Hwang is a husband, a son, and a local restaurant owner who has lived in East Multnomah County since 2003. Born in South Korea in 1984, Hwang and his parents emigrated to America when he was young. At 18-years-old, Hwang obtained his U.S. citizenship and in 2006 he opened his first restaurant in Gresham called Joy Teriyaki.

Today, Hwang continues to grow his restaurants, including Joy Poké. He now owns and operates over 30 restaurants in the Portland Metro area, all thanks to the overwhelming support he received from the communities who welcomed him.

When he’s not busy in the kitchen or feeding the homeless at Zarephath Ministries in Gresham, Justin contributes to our community through volunteering. Justin sits on multiple boards, including Mount Hood Community College Foundation, Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation, Korean Society of Oregon, and the Korean War Memorial Association. Hwang is also the chair of the Korean Day Association, as well as a member of the Gresham Chamber of Commerce and the Gresham Rotary Club.

If you vote for Justin, he will be one of the youngest members of the Oregon State Senate; bringing much needed change to the age and race demographic of the Oregon State Legislature. His diverse background as a Korean immigrant, coupled with his fresh perspective on policy decisions, makes Hwang the best choice for Senate District 25

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