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April 8, 2016

Garry South (310) 600-9001


Another Major Education Organization Picks Sukhee Kang for State Senate, Shutting Out the GOP Candidate for the Seat

SACRAMENTO – In another major score for his campaign, the California Faculty Association today endorsed Democrat Sukhee Kang in the open Senate District 29 race. The district is at the confluence of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Kang previously was endorsed by the California Federation of Teachers, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges and the California School Employees Association.

The California Faculty Association is a union of 23,000 professors, lecturers, counselors and coaches who teach in the California State University system, the largest four-year public-university system in the nation. In classrooms on all 23 CSU campuses, CFA members teach students the critical-thinking skills, technical know-how and cultural insights they need to be thoughtful, productive and artistic participants in our society. CFA is the exclusive collective-bargaining representative for the California State University faculty, and is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, the American Association of University Professors, the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association.

“The California Faculty Association is proud and pleased to endorse Sukhee Kang for state Senate,” said Michele Barr, CSU Fullerton CFA Chapter president. “As an adjunct professor himself, Sukhee has had a lifelong commitment to higher education, and to making college affordable and accessible. He will ably represent Cal State Fullerton in the Senate, and will be a strong advocate for the Cal State System in the Legislature.”

“I am pleased and grateful that California Faculty Association, representing the faculty at Cal State Fullerton in the heart of the Senate district, has decided to endorse me in my race for the Senate,” Kang said. “California’s public universities are a huge part of our economy and our future, and I look forward to working with CFA in the Senate to help improve our educational system at all levels.”

Kang also has won the support of Sen. Kevin de León, the current president pro tempore and Democratic leader of the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, and Sen. Connie Leyva, chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus.  In addition, four past presidents pro tem of the Senate have come out in support of Kang’s candidacy.

Kang was a two-term city councilmember in Irvine, as well as a two-term mayor of the city, reelected overwhelmingly in 2010 with more than 64 percent of the vote. He and his wife Joanne, also a South Korean native who immigrated to the U.S. with him in 1977, have been residents of Orange County for 39 years and now live in Fullerton.

Kang announced his candidacy for the open 29th Senate District on April 22, the first Democrat to do so, and has since picked up dozens of endorsements from state and local officials, community leaders and organizations throughout Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.  The district is currently represented by former Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, who cannot run again due to term limits.

Kang has been recognized numerous times for his outstanding public service and community leadership, including receiving the American Diabetes Association’s “Orange County Father of the Year Award” in 2012, the Carnegie Corporation’s “Pride of America” award in 2010, and the International Leadership Foundation’s “Public Servant of the Year” award in 2010.  The Irvine Chamber of Commerce also recognized Kang in 2010 as “Business Leader of the Year.”

A veteran, Kang served in the South Korean Army, then graduated from the prestigious Korea University with a degree in agricultural economics, and in 2011 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Dongseo University in Busan, Korea.  He also has served a special advisor to the chancellor of UC Irvine, and as an adjunct professor and Chancellor Fellow at Chapman University.

The Kang children, Alan, 35, and Angie, 33, attended public schools in Anaheim, where the Kang family lived for 10 years. Alan, a graduate of UC San Diego and USC’s Marshall School of Business, is a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, while Angie, a graduate of Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall), is vice president of business and legal affairs at Hulu.

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