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Tammy Kim Leads All 2020 Irvine Candidates In Funds Raised

FEB. 4, 2020

Irvine, CA – Today, long time community leader and Irvine City Council candidate Tammy Kim, announced that she had raised a total of $43,663 in the first financial report of the campaign. Her impressive fundraising is more than any other candidate running for City Council in Irvine.

While one of the other candidates loaned themselves $35,000, Tammy Kim focused on grassroots fundraising and had the largest number of individual donors demonstrating strong community support.

In announcing her fundraising totals, Tammy Kim stated:

"I am so thankful to everyone who has donated to our campaign. As a first time candidate I have worked hard to earn the support of Irvine residents, business owners, working families and community leaders throughout the region. Our message about creating a sustainable future for our city is resonating, and I am excited to enter 2020 with the resources necessary to build our momentum."

Tammy Kim is a dedicated public servant and community leader. Currently, she serves as the Managing Director of the Korean American Center, which is one of the largest Asian Pacific Islander non-profits in Orange County.

In addition to her non-profit work, Tammy is a successful businesswoman. She spent 20 years as a business executive, where she worked with both local start-up companies and Fortune 500 companies to help them improve business functions. Tammy helped to resolve highly complex business, management, and legal issues within large-scale enterprises. Additionally, she volunteers countless hours in her community as the Chair of the Language Access Committee for the Orange County Registrar of Voters, a member of Irvine's Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census, and as an advisor and mentor for the Korean American Young Leaders program.

Tammy's vision for creating a sustainable future for Irvine includes implementing policies that make Irvine a clean energy leader, increase high quality affordable housing, ensure a strong financial future, bringing high-quality jobs for Irvine residents, maintains educational excellence and encourages broad civic participation throughout Irvine’s richly diverse community. Tammy is committed to preserving and enhancing Irvine’s reputation as a community where our working families, our teachers, our public safety personnel, our small business owners, among others, can afford to live, work, and play.

Her campaign for Irvine City Council has earned broad support. She is endorsed by:

California State Controller Betty Yee
Congressman Mark Takano 
Congressman Gil Cisneros
Congressman Harley Rouda 
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (Ret.)
Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris
Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva 
Assemblymember David Chiu - Chair, California Asian 
Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus 
Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang (Ret.)
Irvine City Councilmember, Farrah Khan
Garden Grove Councilmember Kim Nguyen
Garden Grove Councilmember Diedre Nguyen
Artesia Councilmember Melissa Ramoso
Costa Mesa Councilmember Arlis Reynolds
Huntington Beach Councilmember, Kimberly Carr
Santa Ana Unified School Board Board President Valarie Amezcua
Fran Sdao, Chair, Democratic Party of Orange County (ret.)
Jessica Cha - Chair, City of Santa Ana Arts and Culture Commission*
Steve Huang, City of Irvine Planning Commissioner*
Women in Leadership 
Korean American Democratic Committee
Dave Min - Irvine Resident, UCI Law Professor, Candidate for CA State Senate
Naz Hamid - Northpark Resident, Girl Scout Troop Leader, Assisteens of Irvine Leader
Sora Park Tanjasiri - Northwood Irvine Resident and Public Health Researcher
Scott Hanson - Attorney and Vice President, Sierra Bonita HOA*
Magi Yang - HOA President for Hidden Canyon and VP HOA for Orchard Hills Reserve*
Mary Anne Foo - Irvine Resident & Nonprofit Executive
Jennifer Lee Koh - Irvine Resident and Immigration Law Professor
Jutta Whitaker-Gamboa - Chair, Democrats or Greater Irvine*
Alexander Kim, Board Member, Asian Business Association of Orange County*
Sherri Loveland - Chair, National Women’s Political Caucus *
Min Chai - Irvine Resident and President of Orange County Korean American Bar Association (ret.)*
Ho-El Park - Community Leader and Small Business Advocate
Nate Epstein - Treasurer, Filipino-American Bar Association*
Dr. Kathleen Treseder - Irvine Resident, Professor, and Climate Activist
Carol Choi - Irvine Resident and Member of the UCI Board of Regents*
Jose Trinidad - Chair, Climate Action Committee*
Jane Stoever, Irvine Resident, Professor and Domestic Violence Expert
Cyril Yu - Irvine Resident, Public Prosecutor &  Former Board Member of Chinese Cultural Center*
Patty Yoo - Northpark Irvine Resident and Climate Advocate
Maria Olivieri Minney - Irvine Resident, Educator, and Community Activist
Mari & Ford Fuji - Irvine Resident Protect Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course
Molly Watson - Community Activist and Nonprofit Development Manager
Esther Cho - Portorla Resident & Small Business Owner
Josephine Park - Irvine Small Business Owner

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only

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