Philly elects two Korean American city council members

November 5, 2015
David Oh, Helen Gym

David Oh, Helen Gym

The Philadelphia Korean American community is celebrating this week after the election of two of its own to City Council — David Oh (R) and Helen Gym (D).

While Tuesday confirmed a re-election for Oh, for Gym it was a first official step into public office.

Gym received the biggest support of any candidate in the city council race, with 142,870 votes. Oh had the most votes of any Republican candidate, with 34,297 as of Wednesday.

Gym, a mother of three children, former reporter and teacher, is the co-founder of the city’s Parents United for Public Education. She is nationally recognized for her public education efforts and received a national honor, the Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change, by the White House last year.

“I will do my best in my position for the advancement of the city of Philadelphia and of the Korean American community,” Oh said.