Three Korean American candidates pass Philly primaries

May 21, 2015
David Oh, Helen Gym, Robert Kim

David Oh, Helen Gym, Robert Kim

By The Korea Times Philadelphia staff

Three Korean American candidates running for office in Philadelphia made it past the primaries Tuesday.

City Councilman At-Large David Oh, a Republican who is running for re-election, received 18.01 percent of votes, leading the pack of five candidates who will go on to the November general election.

Helen Gym, a first-time candidate and prominent public education champion, will also go on — she came in fifth for the Democratic at-large seat, with 7.64 percent of votes.

The Rev. Robert Kim, who filled a vacant seat in Montgomery County’s Upper Dublin School Board in March, ran to keep the post and hopes to find victory for a full term in November.

Oh, a second-generation Korean American, is the council’s current Minority Whip.

Gym is a former teacher and reporter who co-founded Philadelphia’s Parents United for Public Education.