Young Kim, Republican Candidate Running to Represent California’s 39th Congressional District
Young Kim’s family immigrated to the U.S. over four decades ago. She remembers going down to the beach with her mother to clean up cans and bottles, which her mother then recycled, using the funds towards building a local church for their immigrant community. Kim learned from an early age that she had a responsibility to give back, and eventually worked for her local congressman doing community outreach for over two decades. She also went on to serve in the California State Assembly before pursuing her current race for congressional office.
How does being a Korean immigrant affect your approach to this race? Does this impact your platform and the kinds of issues you intend to tackle if elected?
“As an immigrant from South Korea, I possess unique perspective, appreciation for diversity, and cultural awareness. I have insight into the immigrant experience and the American Dream, that I was able to achieve because of the opportunities America gave me and my family. My experiences also allow me to relate to many people in the diverse district I am running to represent that are immigrants. As an immigrant that came here and had to fight to make it in this country, I know the importance of getting results. When elected, I want to work in a bipartisan way to move our country forward and get results for the people I will represent.”
What are the major issues preventing women from equal participation in society in the U.S.? How can the election of more female politicians push for change and systemic reform in these areas?
“I believe electing women from different viewpoints will allow for more diversity of thought and opinion that may change how we address certain issues. I am a tiger mom, and I get things done. I know there are many other women out there just like me that would be willing to come together, put partisan differences aside, and work towards consensus.”
The question of representation is front and center this election cycle: Several candidates would be the first woman, woman of color, or LGBTQ candidate elected to their particular seat. Why is representation of women, especially minority women, so important in politics?
“It is important to have people running for office that can relate with the communities they represent. The district I am running to serve is very diverse and reflects the patchwork of cultures and people that make up America. I can relate to that diversity through the experiences in my life, my deep roots in this community, and the work I have done here. I believe it is important to have that perspective. As elected officials, women can project positive images of hope, confidence, and unlimited potential to lead.”
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