Michelle Park Steel, Young Kim advance to November election

June 4, 2014
Michelle Park Steel had a lot to smile about Tuesday night. (Park Sang-hyuk / The Korea Times)

Michelle Park Steel had a lot to smile about Tuesday night. (Park Sang-hyuk / The Korea Times)

Tuesday’s primary election results are in, with several Korean Americans advancing to the general election in November.

In California, Orange County Supervisor 2nd District Republican candidate Michelle Park Steel and State Assembly 65th District candidate Young Kim, also a Republican, both made it through the primaries, with Steel taking 46.6 percent of votes and Kim taking 54.7 percent.

“I’ll consider this primary win a victory and make sure to become elected come November,” Steel said.

Democratic Rep. Mike Honda, seeking his eighth term in Congress as the representative for California’s 17th congressional district, was supported by Korean organization leaders. He also advanced with a heavy lead over fellow Democrat Ro Khanna.

In addition, Peter Choi, a Democrat running for the State Senate District 24, will also advance to the general election under the state’s new top-two system, in which the top two candidates from any race, regardless of party, make it to November. Choi secured 20.3 percent of votes behind Kevin de Leon, another Democrat, who received 64.7 percent.

While Ann Park, who ran unopposed for Office No. 82 in the L.A. County Superior Court, secured her seat, Helen Kim fell behind in her race for Office No. 76 with 43.3 percent to opponent Alison Estrada’s 56.7 percent. Songhai Armstead, another Superior Court hopeful for Office No. 97, also came second with 47.6 percent.

Candidates who saw an end to their bids were Mary Jung Hayashi, a Democrat for the 10th District in the State Senate; Sam Kang, a Democrat for the 15th District in the California Assembly; and James Na for the 4th District in the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

One Comment

  1. John

    June 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Misguided puppets for a GOP desperate to grasp any votes from persons of color that it can.