Who am I?

I was first elected to Irvine City Councilmember in 2004, was re-elected in 2006. In 2008, I was elected to the first Korean American Mayor in the major U.S. City and re-elected to Mayor in 2010.

Sukhee Kang is seeking the American Dream. I came to America 34 years ago with the hopes of raising a family and giving my children the opportunity to live the American Dream.

My commitment and ability to bring people together to get results for Irvine community earned the trust from the community. As Mayor, I continued to bring together people from all sides to get results for Irvine. Mayor Kang is known as Irvine's "Education Mayor" fro his efforts to protect Irvine schools from state budget cut. Sukhee Kang also earned the Irvine Chamber of Commerce's "Business Leadership Award" for promoting local businesses and creating jobs.

Mayor Kang used his business management experience to bring the community together to cut costs and balance the city budget without cutting any of the core services to the community, protecting the working families, seniors and children.

He is not a career politician like his opponent, John Campbell and he will be a true voice for the newly formed congressional district 45, encompassing Villa Park, Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Cotto De Casa.

Why am I running?

Please refer above column.

My Goals

Balance the budget and Create new jobs: Get our economy moving again and pay down the debt with a pay-as-you-go approach that prevents Congress from spending more than it takes it.

Always protect Social Secuity and Medicare: Preserve social security and medicare from attemps to slash the guaranteed benefits Orange County seniors have paid for and deserve.

Create new opportunities for all Orange County children: Investing and strengthening more on education and increasing access to an affortable college education

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

Door to Door, American traditional grassroots campaign: Sukhee Kang is famous for his open dialogue with voters. He has walked over 40,000 homes in Irvine during his campaigns. This is, indeed, the power of his communication skill and his down-to-earth approach with the people.

Voice support


  • Christina Burton, CA
  • Jeffery Mio, CA
  • Heide Krueger, CA
  • Angelica Ramos, CA
  • Jason Varvas, CA
  • Peter Wiener, AL
  • Dean Inada, CA

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• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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