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Tammy Kim’s Fundraising Surpasses Others Running for Irvine City Council

Irvine’s Tammy Kim

Long time community leader and Irvine City Council candidate Tammy Kim, announced Tuesday that she ed 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



  1. Victor Victor February 4, 2020


  2. 4th District Resident 4th District Resident February 7, 2020

    Sukhee Kang lives in Fullerton. Who cares what he thinks?

  3. Scott R Hansen Scott R Hansen February 8, 2020

    Regarding 4th District Resident’s comment, my understanding is former Mayor Kang has a residence in Northwood, Irvine. He is widely respected within Irvine and is credited with many accomplishments during his years on the Council and as Mayor. He significantly raised Irvine’s profile internationally. In Korea, for example, media often covered him as the first Korean-born mayor of a major US city. A Korean university awarded him an honorary doctorate. To answer your specific question, many thousands of people in Irvine are interested in his views on current issues, and he remains quite influential from my observation.

    • 4th District Resident 4th District Resident February 11, 2020

      No way, man. He moved to Fullerton to run for State Senate in 2016. He left Irvine because his kids were all grown up and he wanted to downsize, although I don’t remember where I read that.

    • 4th District Resident 4th District Resident February 11, 2020

      So he didn’t raise Irvine’s profile internationally, he raised his own and then he moved to Fullerton.

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