More than 20 Korean American candidates are vying for seats next week

October 28, 2014
Korean American candidates running in the Nov. 4 general elections.

Korean American candidates running in the Nov. 4 general elections.

As general elections approach next week, Korean American candidates find themselves on the last days of the campaign trail.

Including 10 candidates from Southern California, more than 20 Korean Americans are vying for seats around the United States.

Many saw big victories in the June primaries, in particular New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District Democratic candidate Roy Cho with 91.15 percent of votes and Californian candidates Michelle Park Steel (R-Orange County Supervisor, District 2) and Young Kim (R-State Assembly, District 65), with 46.7 percent and 54.7 percent, respectively.

Korean American candidates in Southern California include: Young Kim; Michelle Park Steel; State Senate 24th District Democratic candidate Peter Choi; Irvine mayoral candidate Choi Seok-ho; State Assembly 60th District Democratic candidate Ken Park; La Palma mayoral candidate Steve Hwangbo; Cypress School District School Board candidate Sandra Lee; Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education candidate Josh Lee; Brea City Council candidate Michael Kim; and San Diego City Council candidate Carol Kim.

In Northern California, two city council hopefuls — Jane Kim of San Francisco and Andrew Park of Oakland — are waiting for Nov. 4 results.

New Jersey is carrying four Korean American candidates: Roy Cho; Peter Suh, a candidate for Fort Lee City Council; Chris Jung, for Palisades Park City Council; and Gloria Oh, for the Borough of Englewood Cliffs.

The remaining candidates are as follows: New York State Assembly 40th District Democratic candidate Ron Kim; Maryland State Assembly 20th District candidate David Moon and State Assembly 32nd District candidate Mark Chang, both Democrats; and Georgia State Assembly 108th District Republican candidate B.J. Pak and Brookhaven City Council candidate John Park.