MAYOR DON WAGNER SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT WITH

AMERICAN ASIAN COMMUNITY LEADERS WITH FORMER ASSEMBLYWOMAN YOUNG KIM AND

COUNCIL MEMBER PEGGY HUANG ENDORSEMENT FOR THIRD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR

January 23, 2009

Coming on the heels of the endorsement by Orange County Board of Supervisor Vice-Chair Michelle Park Steel, former Assemblywoman Young Kim and Council Member Peggy Huang each announced her support of Irvine Mayor Don Wagner to become the next Supervisor for Orange County’s Third District.

Kim is the first Korean-American Republican woman to become a state legislator in California.  Kim is an American success story who immigrated to the United States  from Korea through Guam to graduate with a business administration degree from the University of Southern California.  She worked as a financial analyst, a controller, and was a business owner before joining the staff for State Senator and later-Congressman Ed Royce for over two decades.  She is also a television and radio personality on shows discussing political and community issues affecting Korean-Americans. 

 “The only way we can keep Orange County prosperous is to have  fiscally conservative members on the Board of Supervisors like Don who will look out for taxpayers and small business owners," stated Kim. "I served with Don in the State Assembly and can personally vouch that he is an independent thinker, fiscally responsible and someone who will stand up to special interest groups on behalf of Orange County citizens."

Council Member Huang was elected to Yorba Linda City Council in 2014.  She has served as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.  Huang was born in Taiwan but spent most of her adolescence and young adult years in Northern California. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of California, Berkeley, and earned a Juris Doctorate, as well as a specialized certificate of governmental affairs from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Currently, Council Member Huang is a Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Appeals, Trial, and Writs section.

“As a deputy attorney general and a council member, I know Don will help protect Orange County children who are abused, neglected, and developmentally delayed,” stated Huang. 

“I know the caliber of these women because I served with Young in the State Assembly and work with Peggy representing our cities.  I admire their strength and leadership and they can count on me to watch over their constituents,” stated Wagner. 

Momentum continues to grow behind Mayor Wagner’s campaign as he leads overwhelmingly in endorsements and fundraising.  Former Assemblywoman Kim and Council Member Huang’s endorsements add to Mayor Wagner’s growing list of prestigious Asian-American supporters which include County Supervisor Michelle Steel, Assemblyman Phillip Chen, Assemblyman Steven Choi, Assemblyman Tyler Diep, County-Clerk Recorder Hugh Nguyen,  and former Assemblyman Van Tran.

Wagner was re-elected Mayor of Irvine by a 14-point margin.  His current and former political offices have significant overlap with the 3rd District, giving him overwhelming name identification and a significant advantage in the March 12 Special Election.

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