Young Kim Readies for Rematch
Former Republican California Assemblywoman Young Kim narrowly lost her Congressional bid in 2018 to freshman Congressman Gil Cisneros (D-CA). But she’s ready for a rematch. The state's 39th Congressional District, which cuts across the northern part of Orange County, was once a nationally known Republican stronghold, but in 2018, Democrats turned Orange blue. Now, the GOP is eager to reverse the trend and reclaim the territory. Hence, Cisneros is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the freshman class. Kim, a 1985 University of Southern California graduate, was born in South Korea and moved to the U.S. with her family. Before pursuing public service, the 56-year-old conservative was a small businesswoman. She worked as a financial analyst for First Interstate Bank and then as a controller for JK Sportswear Manufacturing. She later started her own business in ladieswear. In 2014, Kim was widely criticized by LGBT rights organizations for sending out anti-transgender campaign mailers. During the last cycle, Kim outraised the other seven Republicans in the race. The district is 34.1% white, 2.3% Black, 28.5% Asian, and 32.6% Hispanic. California has an open primary where the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election. More here.