An unprecedented number of women are chasing political office in the 2018 midterm elections. This month, we’re profiling several worthy candidates who are seeking to effect change.
While volunteering on the beaches of Guam as a girl, Young Kim and her mother recycled cans and bottles left along the seashore. Eventually the duo collected enough money to help build a church in their community on the U.S. territory. The experience helped form Kim’s proclivity for giving back. Now she’s aiming for Congress, hoping to bring bipartisan change to Washington.
In 2014, Kim became the first Korean-American woman to be elected to California State Assembly following years as a small business owner and financial analyst. While in State Assembly, she advocated for public safety, in particular for victims of domestic violence, by expanding protections for victims. If elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Republican candidate from California’s 39th district promises to also focus on improving the local economy, lowering taxes, and increasing STEM education funding by reaching across the aisle.
“Both sides are to blame [for partisan gridlock],” the former state legislator tells InStyle via email. “We need new perspectives in Washington, and [I want to] provide people with the opportunities they need to succeed, just like I had when I came here as a young girl.”
Getting into giving back: “My mission is to serve the people of CA’s 39th district,” Kim says. When she was a little girl and recent immigrant from South Korea to the U.S. territory of Guam, Kim and her mother helped to fund the creation of a community church. “This church was the center of our immigrant community,” she says. “This taught me that we have a duty to give back to our community and make it a better place.”
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