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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 34

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David Kim

Neighborhood Council Boardmember
23,055 votes (21%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Eradicate poverty by providing every U.S. citizen a monthly universal basic income, which was advocated for by MLK around the time of his assassination; and end homelessness
  • Provide Free Medicare For All, and Free Public College & Vocational School Education for U.S. Citizens
  • Reverse Climate Change NOW

Experience

Experience

Profession:Local Neighborhood Council Board Member, Attorney
Board Member, MacArthur Park Neighborhood Council (2019–current)
Board Member, MacArthur Park Neighborhood Council — Elected position (2019–2020)
Attorney, The Hollywood Lawyer (2014–2019)
General Counsel, East West Artists (2013–2014)
Attorney, d.y.k. law, PC (2011–2013)
Post-Bar Certified Law Clerk, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (2010–2010)

Education

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University J.D., Law (2010)
University of California, Berkeley B.A., History (2006)

Community Activities

Member, Los Angeles Tenants Union (2018–current)
Member, Korean American Bar Association (2014–current)
Member, Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles (2019–current)
Member, Stone Wall Democratic Party (2020–current)
Core Campaign Team Leader, Kenneth Mejia for Congress (2018–2018)

Biography

David was born in Sierra Vista, Arizona, as a 2nd generation Korean American son to immigrant pastor parents. Early on, David learned what it was like to live in poverty, to help others who were struggling and to take action in advocating on the behalf of those  suffering in the community because of the great examples that his parents became for him. He was always taught to feed the hungry, to take care of the sick and to clothe the poor, and to this day, David strongly believes that this call to action isn't something just limited to the church, but something that is applicable to the U.S. government as well, a government that was created to be of the people, for the people and by the people. As such, David's been an outspoken advocate and leader his whole life, be it for those who couldn't speak English like his parents, those being discriminated for their race, religion or sex, or those suffering in other areas, like finances or physical abilities. 

David graduated from U.C. Berkeley as a History major and on a full ride scholarship as a Regents and Chancellor's Scholar. While at U.C. Berkeley, David ran for Student Senate and was elected as 1 of the 20 student senators serving the 30,000 student campus by placing 6th place out of 100 candidates during the Spring 2005 election, and was responsible for extending the university's free wireless internet to off-campus residences as well so that students could save money from paying monthly internet costs. 

After working for 1 year as an assistant director at an after-school K-12th educational learning and test prep program center, David then attended and graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at the nation's premier Jewish institution, Yeshiva University, where David ran for and served as the law school's first non-Jewish student body president. While in NY, David also served in various roles and positions, including working in the New York City Law Department's Tax and Bankruptcy Litigation Dvision. 

After graduating from law school, David started his legal career by working at the LA County District Attorney's Office, in the Public Integrity Division where he worked on cases like the misappropriation of taxpayer money by Robert Rizzo, former mayor of the City of Bell, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Thereafter, David then worked in civil litigation, and litigated wage and hour, breach of contract and sexual harassment cases against employers before then working as inside legal counsel for several entertainment companies, and then founding and selling a law practice that provided niche, affordable legal services to creatives. 

Currently, David serves as an unpaid Board Member on his local neighborhood council, while also being a member of the Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles chapter, Los Angeles Tenants Union, and Korean American Bar Association. Having served on two previous Congressional campaigns for the same position, David is confident that he will win this Congressional seat this upcoming November General Election. 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from David Kim:

We need something as comprehensive and hands-on as the Green New Deal that recently failed to pass, which allows for a major investment into our country's infrastructure, roads, parks and grid so that we can not only move towards reversing climate change at full force, but also ensure commiting to repairing and rebuilding our country's infrastructure all around as well, while guaranting our people jobs as well. We can make this all possible. This is how we save America and continue to preserve it as for our generation and the ones after us. 

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from David Kim:

I will fight to secure Free Medicare For All in the U.S., including non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. on a similar health cover age basis, while also then working towards implementing a reciprocal health care coverage among most nations so that all citizens from various countries can have access to health care coverage even when traveling. In a global age like today, this only makes sense as being the next step to move towards doing. 

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from David Kim:

I support abolishing ICE raids, prohibiting the detention of children and separation of families, while always standing with and fighting for the Dreamers. 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $38,720

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
David Kim
$13,200
2
Employees of 153 Entertainment Group
$2,800
3
Employees of Rapid Precision Mfg Inc.
$2,000
4
Employees of Min Young Cha M.d. Inc.
$1,000
4
Employees of Shinhan Bank America
$1,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 93.43%
New York 4.88%
Virginia 1.69%
93.43%

By Size:

Large contributions (76.42%)
Small contributions (23.58%)
76.42%23.58%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Ghandi, MLK Jr. are my greatest role models in life. The current U.S. leaders I look up to, although don't agree with all the time, are Andrew Yang, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Marianne Williamson. 

Videos (2)

— January 20, 2020 Uplifted Visuals
— January 20, 2020 Ivan Valadez Films

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