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There are less than nine weeks to go before the November election, and Anaheim is part of the battleground in two of the hottest legislative contests in the state: the 34th Senate District and the 65th Assembly District. In both cases, Republicans have fielded hard-working, hard-charging nominees — Supervisor Janet Nguyen and Young Kim, respectively – who are up against the usual tidal wave of Democrat special interest money.

The GOP political action group The New Majority is hosting a “Take Back California” fundraising event for Nguyen and Kim tomorrow evening at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach:

NM event Janet Young Kim

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Young Kim

Young Kim

The Orange County Register editorial board today published an endorsement of Young Kim, who is running against incumbent Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva in Assembly District 65, which includes a significant portion of Anaheim:

As a former director of Community Relations and Asian Affairs for Rep. Ed Royce, Ms. Kim knows the district well. In her bid to serve the residents, she has focused on fixing the education system, making California more business-friendly, improving public safety and dealing with California’s crippling water and infrastructure issues.

On education, Ms. Kim said she supports charter schools, vouchers and the conclusions made in the Vergara court decision striking down the state’s two-year tenure and seniority rules, noting that the “CTA is just flat wrong.” The state should end its court fight over the decision, she said, and work toward real reforms that will make education more competitive and efficient for the state’s children.

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Earlier this week, Assembly Speaker John Perez pulled Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 from the Assembly at the request of its author, Sen. Ed Hernandez. SCA 5 would basically overturn Prop. 209’s ban on discrimination in public education; per the bill’s text:

The California Constitution prohibits the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

This measure would eliminate this prohibition on state discrimination or preference in the operation of public education.

The Left has always loathed Prop. 209’s elimination of racial preference in government, and longs for its abolition. The list of SCA 5 supporters is a roll-call of liberal interest groups.

As this Daily Kos post elucidates, this latent desire – currently expressed in SCA5 – puts California Democrats at odds with Asian-American voters because its adoption would punish their educationally over-achieving children by artificially restricting their access to top-tier UC campuses.

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Young Kim

Young Kim

This just came over the transom from the Young Kim for Assembly campaign:

Young Kim Bursts “Out of the Gate” – $427,000 Raised in Less Than Six Months

(Fullerton, CA) Republican Young Kim announced that her campaign will show $382,000 raised on the year end campaign finance report. With the addition of the $45,000 raised at her fundraiser in Buena Park last week, her campaign has now raised $427,000 in less than six months.

Since her official announcement in October, Young Kim, has rocketed to a staggering fundraising number. All of her donations have been received since the mid-year campaign finance reports.

“I am absolutely honored with the response I have received from the community,” said Young Kim. “Our campaign has been off to a blistering start since I announced my candidacy. We have support coming from hundreds of individuals and small businesses who are frustrated with what is going on in Sacramento. They want change and they trust me to be their voice in the Assembly. I won’t let them down.”

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Assembly District 65 includes the portion of western Anaheim that’s basically west of Euclid and north of Katella. It’s represented by Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva, the former Fullerton councilmember who upset incumbent Republican Assemblyman Chris Norby in 2012. Among other votes she cast in her first year, Quirk-Silva voted to abolish the state’s Enterprise Zone program, including Anaheim’s.

In her first re-election run, she faces an energetic Republican opponent in Young Kim, a staffer for Rep. Ed Royce, who has been representing much of what is AD65 since 1982 (in the state Senate and since 1992 in Congress).

Young Kim has done quite a job clearing the field on the GP side and united the party behind her. Her fundraising is strong, she works hard, has an attractive personality and brings into play elements the run-of-the-mill GP candidate ordinarily doesn’t. AD65 will be battleground in November.

She’s holding a fundraising event this February 13 in Fullerton from 5:30 – 7:3-0 p.m. at the Hotel Fullerton:

Young Kim 2-13-14 fundraiser


Click here for the full invitation with more even and RSVP information.

Young Kim, the energetic Republican candidate for the 65th Assembly District, is holding a campaign fundraiser at The Pacific Club on Monday, December 9 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.:

Young Kim 12-9-13 fundraiser

Click here to download the flyer.

Registration in AD65 dead even: 36.2% Democrat, 35.8% Republican, 23.7% No Party Preference.

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Young Kim

Young Kim

Sharon Quirk-Silva

Sharon Quirk-Silva

I recently learned from sources-who-know that a recent poll by Assembly Democrats shows freshman Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva trailing her presumptive Republican opponent, Young Kim. I didn’t learn what size gap the poll showed between the two candidates, but was informed the caucus leadership wasn’t feeling very encouraged.

That’s not to say there won’t be a ton of money poured into the race by elements of the ruling Democratic coalition. Quirk-Silva’s narrow victory last November was an upset, but one won against a flawed and distracted incumbent. Next year, in Young Kim, she will be facing a fresh, energetic and appealing candidate who (among other things) negates the advantages Quirk-Silva has as the woman candidate.

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Motivated by the raft of anti-gun legislation passed by the legislature and singed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Second Amendment groups are launching recalls against several Democratic state legislators – including freshman Assemblyman Sharon Quirk-Silva.

Here’s the e-mail she sent out today to her supporters:

Yesterday afternoon, I found out that I — along with four of my colleagues — will be the target of a recall campaign led by gun-rights extremists who want to replace me with one of their Tea Party allies.

Let me set the record straight right now.

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Young Kim

Young Kim

Republican Assembly candidate Young Kim — who is looking to take the 65th Assembly District seat away from first-term Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva — has joined the effort to undo AB 1266, which

Dear Friends,

As a longtime member of the Cerritos Presbyterian Church, I am proud to announce that our church has joined the effort to overturn Assembly Bill 1266, the “Transgender Bathroom Bill.” From now until November 10, you can pick up a petition at our church, which is serving as one of the petition distribution centers.

This bill, which passed with a crucial vote by State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, allows boys and girls in K-12 to decide which bathroom, showers, or locker rooms to use. Like so many ideas out of Sacramento, this poorly written legislation creates a whole new set of ethical and legal challenges.

Although I empathize with youth that are struggling with gender identity issues or bullying, the solution isn’t to increase the harassment of women and girls. That’s why all of Orange County’s representatives, Republican and Democrat, opposed the bill — everyone except Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.

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