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It’s pretty simple. Candidates either have something to hide or they don’t. They respect the responsibility of public service or they don’t.

That’s why candidates often release their tax returns. So far, two candidates who have been repeatedly asked to release their taxes have refused – presidential candidate Donald Trump and Assemblywoman Young Kim. Ironically, Trump made his vice presidential candidates provide their tax returns as part of his vetting process.

It is disturbing that Trump and Kim would thumb their noses at transparency for themselves because a common trait among honorable leaders who put community needs above their own is conducting their personal finances with integrity, and this integrity is important for people to have confidence in our democracy.

That’s why, as a candidate for State Assembly, I am furthering the cause of personal accountability to voters and have released my own tax returns for the past five years. My husband and I are schoolteachers, we play by the rules and pay our fair share.

If you have nothing to hide, releasing your taxes should be a no brainer. That’s why my opponent, Young Kim, should join me, release her taxes, and together do our part to renew people’s confidence in the accountability of their leaders.

So far, she has sided with Donald Trump. Worse, instead of joining me, she has spent the past three months trying to deflect attention away from herself by attacking my record. She’s twisting the truth on issues like Proposition 13. Fact is, she and I agree on Prop 13, that it should be protected and left unchanged.

I don’t take it personally because I think her avoidance and attacks say more about her than they do about me. And I think her silence on releasing her taxes speaks volumes.

As a voter I encourage you to hold Ms. Kim accountable. Please go to and sign the petition asking Young Kim to reassure voters that she has nothing to hide by releasing her taxes.

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