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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 28

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James Kim

13,597 votes (5.04%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase the county party annual fundraising revenue as the newly appointed Finance Director (
  • As a fresh new activist, build bridges between resistance groups (e.g. Indivisible, SwingLeft) and the Democratic Party.
  • Promote a diversity of candidates, especially women, minorities, and first-time candidates.



Profession:Chief Microarchitect (Microprocessor Design)
Chief Microarchitect, Cadence Design Systems (2000–current)
Finance Director, Santa Clara County Democratic Party — Appointed position (2020–current)
Assembly Delegate (ADEM), California State Democratic Party Central Committee — Elected position (2017–current)
Del Mar High School Site Council, Del Mar High School — Appointed position (2019–current)


Stanford University BS/MS, Electrical Engineering (1998)

Community Activities

Founder/Director, MEHS Alumni Scholarship Foundation (2001–current)

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Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe our end goals are clear: overcome our dependence on fossil fuels, enact common sense gun safety measures, protect and promote the rights of women and minorities and oppressed communities, create a fair economy, ensure a democratic majority on the Supreme Court, protect reproductive rights.... in all things act out of kindness and selflessness.

I believe that the operations of the Democratic Party have not fully served us, and changes are necessary. When we leave all decisions up to the political elite, who have a self-interest in their own ascent to power, we end up with a skewed system.  Ordinary citizens need to join the party leadership to shape it in an image that we would be proud to promote to others.

The Santa Clara County party has many successes and is filled with many wonderful, selfless people.  The primary needs are to continue to grow the Democratic majority, recruit more activists, and contest every down ballot seat.  There are a number of tensions within the county party, labor and new activist groups, and we need people who can work through differences and help create a successful culture.   

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