Sukhee Kang is a Korean American and a Democrat who served as the mayor of Irvine, California, from 2008 to 2012.
ABTN filmed with Kang during the California primary. He was running against Republican Lingling Chang and fellow Democrat Josh Newman for State Senater in District 29. Kang says demographics are on his side, stating, “Asian American voters used to think ‘my vote doesn’t matter, doesn’t count.’ And now when they see Asian Americans getting elected, they see ‘wow, there’s a big possibility.’”
America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa (ABTN) will examine candidates like Sukhee whose power and influence are growing in a 2016 election special titled “The New Deciders.” The one-hour program will air on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 on PBS and local public TV stations (check local listings). For more information, click here.
Image: Portrait of Sukhee Kang. Credit: Paul de Lumen.