FULLERTON – Democratic state Senate candidate Sukhee Kang has picked up another major public safety endorsement, this time the Fullerton Firefighters’ Association, an affiliate (Local 3421) of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Kang is running in Senate District 29, which is at the confluence of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Nearly three-fourths of SD 29 is in Orange County, including the city of Fullerton.
“The Fullerton Firefighters’ Association is proud to endorse Fullerton’s own Sukhee Kang for state Senate in District 29,” said Jon Fugitt, president of the Fullerton Firefighters. “As a former board member of the Orange County Fire Authority, and as a mayor, Sukhee has always fully supported public safety and first responders. He will be a great representative of this mostly Orange County-based district, and will fight at the state level to ensure that firefighters and other public safety officers have the backing and resources they need to protect and serve the public.”
“I am deeply grateful and appreciative for the endorsement and support of the Fullerton Firefighters’ Association in my race for state Senate,” Kang said. “It is particularly gratifying that so many public-safety organizations in this race have chosen to endorse me, and it’s a special honor to have the great firefighters in my own city back me. I have worked very closely with firefighters in Orange County for many years, and I look forward to continue working with them when I am in the Senate.”
Kang previously won the support of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, representing more than 800 professional firefighters in Orange County, which also is a unit, Local 3631, of the IAFF.
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, 2015, the first Democrat to do so, and has since picked up dozens of endorsements from state and local officials and community leaders 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, Angie, a graduate of Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall), is senior vice president of business and legal affairs at Hulu.
Full list of Sukhee Kang’s endorsements here: http://www.kangforsenate.com/endorsements