I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know that past three mayors of Irvine personally.Â And knowing how strong willed each of them are, I always laugh when someone suggests they are not independent.Â Voting alike doesn’t necessarily constitute puppet strings no matter how many times conservative operatives in Irvine suggest it.
So with that, please join me in wishing Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang a happy birthday today.Â Mayor Kang is not only a roick star in Irvine but he’s a rock star in South Korea too.
Mayor Sukhee Kang was elected to the Irvine City Council in 2004 and won re-election in 2006. In 2008, he was elected to the first Korean American Mayor in Irvine. Born and raised in South Korea, Sukhee and his wife Joanne came to the United States in 1977 after his graduation from Korea University in Seoul.
A successful businessman and the father of two adult children, Sukhee Kang has dedicated his life to his family, his work and service to the community. His efforts on behalf of the Korean American community, including his past service as Chairman of the Korean American Coalition Orange County and President of the Korean American Education Scholarship Foundation, provided an introduction to community leadership that would ultimately inspire Sukhee to run for the Irvine City Council.
Sukhee Kangâ€™s own American success story has helped to shape his inclusive and engaging leadership style. Active throughout the Irvine community, Sukhee Kang has forged strong and supportive relationships with the business community, the education community and the many cultural, service and non-profit organizations that serve the citizens of Irvine. An advocate for the interests of all Irvine residents, Sukhee Kang has demonstrated his ability to â€œlisten, learn and respondâ€ by walking door-to-door in every neighborhood in Irvine, engaging in â€œdoorstep dialoguesâ€ with Irvine residents, then working diligently to respond to their interests and concerns.
Prior to his service on the Irvine City Council, Sukhee Kang served as a Governorâ€™s appointee on the California Workforce Investment Board and was the Mayorâ€™s appointee to the Irvine Finance Commission. As a City Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem, Sukhee has served as a member of the Orange County Great Park Board, Orange County Sanitation District Board, Transportation Corridor Agency Board, Executive Steering Committee of the League of California Cities Orange County Division, and Orange County Transportation Authority Measure M Super Committee. As a role model for community leadership, Sukhee was recently honored the Community Leadership Award by the Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage Council of Orange County.
(photo courtesy of Lou Delgado)