It’s election day in New Jersey for 12 Korean candidates

November 3, 2015
New Jersey general assembly election candidates

New Jersey general assembly election candidates

By The Korea Times New York staff

It’s election day for 12 Korean Americans in New Jersey hoping to secure seats in the city council, the state assembly and the board of education.

All eyes are on Wonkyu Rim, a Republican vying for the District 27 seat in the assembly, as he goes up against a Democratic incumbent.

If elected, Rim would become the state’s first Korean assemblyman behind Assemblyman Kevin O’Toole, who was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father.

Two Korean candidates — Park Myung-geun, also known as Mark M. Park (R), and Ellen Park (D) are up for city council seats in Englewood Cliffs.

Mark Park is the president of the New Jersey Korean American Chamber of Commerce, while Ellen Park is an attorney.

In Camden County, Susan Shin Angulo seeks to become the first Korean freeholder — a county legislator — in New Jersey.

Palisades Park Deputy Mayor Lee Jong-chul is fighting for a city council seat.

Others in the race today include Margaret Ahn (R), for Fort Lee City Council; Dennis Shim (D), for Ridgefield City Council; Esther Han Silver, for Fort Lee Board of Education; Lee Sung-min, for Closter Board of Education; Maria Kim, for regional board of education; and Jenny Chung (D), for Closter City Council.

Steve Yang, of Ridgefield, has already secured his seat.

Voting began at 6 a.m. today and will close at 8 p.m. in New Jersey tonight.

For more information, call the hotline at 347-766-5223.

One Comment

  1. Dr, Chi Kyong Kim

    November 3, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    It’s wonderful to see so many Korean-Americans are attempting to participate in politics in New Jersey. It’s about time! I wish them well!
    It is also important that not only Korean-Americans but also any Asians to come out and exercise our right to vote. That is the only way to strengthen our right in this country.
    Let us show our second generation what we can do in this country. Come out and vote!