Four Korean American women one step closer to public office

March 13, 2014

Ann Park, Helen Kim, Michelle Park-Steel, and Young Kim are up for election


From left: Ann Park, Helen Kim, Michelle Park-Steel, and Young Kim are asking for your vote. (Korea Times file)

By The Korea Times Los Angeles staff

Four Korean American women are up for elections this year in California.

Ann H. Park, who has been a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for 20 years, is running unopposed for the seat of Los Angeles county superior court judge. According to the Federal Election Commission on Monday, Park was the only candidate to run for Office No. 82 by the end of candidacy declarations last Friday.

She said her initial goal in running for office was to promote the political growth of the Korean American community. Now that the seat is hers, getting voters to the polls is most important – the more votes she receives, the more strength she’ll have in the post, she said.

Park’s supporters will hold an event at the Oxford Hotel inside L.A.’s Koreatown on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Another Korean, Deputy District Attorney Helen Kim (Violent Crimes Prosecutor), chose to run against Deputy District Attorney Alison Matsumoto Estrada (Government Corruption Prosecutor) for Office No. 76, currently held by Judge Harvey Giss.

For the State Assembly race in the 65th district, Young Kim will be the unopposed Republican candidate in the primary election. She will run against incumbent Sharon Quirk-Silva in November’s general elections.

Finally, Michelle Park Steel, the current Republican Vice Chair of the California Board of Equalization, threw in her name to represent the 2nd district of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Three other candidates are vying for the seat as the primary elections approach in June.

California state primary elections will be held June 3, while general elections will be Nov. 4.

One Comment

  1. carol davis

    May 17, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    I think all candidates running for any office should tell what they are Democrat, or Republican or ??? Other wise from I am reading they want to help Koreans but are running for an office in the United States where they should be supporting all people