Mixed Bag for Korean American Candidates Post Election

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Tuesday’s general elections brought a mixed bag of joy and disappointment to 23 Korean American candidates across the United States.

Young Kim and Michelle Park Steel, both candidates from Southern California, saw victory as numbers rolled in Tuesday night.

Kim, a Republican who campaigned for the State Assembly 65th District seat, came out ahead of incumbent Sharon Quirk-Silva to clinch 56 percent of votes, according to California Secretary of State election results.

Gathered in Fullerton with supporters — including California Congressman Ed Royce — and staff, Kim thanked the Korean American community.

“I think Korean American voters voted for me not just because I’m Korean, but because they saw me as a longtime resident of this area who knows what the people here want,” Kim said.

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