Some 20 Korean-Americans running for office

November 2, 2012 10:36 am 

ATLANTA, Nov. 2, — Around 20 Korean-American candidates are running in federal and local elections to be held along with the presidential polls next week, according to the Korean-American community here on Thursday.

Democratic Mayor Kang Suk-hee of Irvine in California is the only Korean-American seeking a seat in the federal legislature this time.

If he wins the race, he will become the second Korean-American to be elected to Congress, after Jay Kim (Kim Chang-jun), who served as a Republican member of the House from 1993 to 2000.

In the competition for the 45th District in California, Kang is fast catching up with incumbent Congressman John Campbell, polls show.

More young Korean-American politicians are campaigning for seats in state legislatures.

Pak Byung-jin, a Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives, is seeking re-election. He has represented District 102 since 2011.

Pak served as a prosecutor for the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.(PNA/Yonhap)

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