Decision Day: Voters head to polls

November 4, 2014

Fates of 23 Korean American candidates across the U.S. are on the line

Left to right: Young Kim, Michelle Park Steel, Choi Seok-ho

Left to right: Young Kim, Michelle Park Steel, Choi Seok-ho

Election day has finally arrived, and with it the fates of 23 Korean American candidates across the United States.

As voters make their way to booths, the only thing candidates can do now is wait.

“The advancement of Korean Americans in politics is necessary if only to get rid of the disgraceful idea that the Korean American community is politicians’ ATM,” said Michelle Park Steel, a Republican candidate for the 2nd District seat as Orange County Supervisor in Southern California.

California State Assembly 65th District Republican candidate Young Kim said her seat would come down to the votes of some 9,900 Korean Americans in the area. Kim spent much of her campaign since the June primaries going around the region urging potential voters to come out and participate.

Among those vying for seats today are New Jersey 5th Congressional District Democratic candidate Roy Cho, New York State Assembly 40th District Democratic candidate Ron Kim, Irvine mayoral candidate Choi Seok-ho, California State Assembly 60th Distict Democratic candidate Ken Park and La Palma mayoral candidate Steve Hwangbo.

Election results will be announced tonight.

-More than 20 Korean Americans vying for seats Nov. 4
-The Korean American voters’ dilemma in New Jersey
-Young Kim confident in win if 50-60 percent of Korean voters come out

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