Ron Kim Runs To Realize An American Dream
September 13, 2012
Ron Kim, Democratic candidate for the 40th Assembly District seat in Queens, emigrated to the U.S. when he was seven-years-old. He began his career in public service as an aide to then-Assemblyman Mark Weprin, From there, Kim went to work in the Department of Buildings and the Department of Small Business Services.
At the City Council, Kim worked as a policy analyst, writing and examining legislation on issues related to transportation, infrastructure, and economic development. As a regional director for Government and Community Affairs in the administrations of two New York State governors, he collaborated and worked with a varied group of state agencies, elected officials, and community organizations.
Kim attributes much of the success he's achieved in his adopted homeland to the extraordinary education he received growing up. His is a supporter of the New York State Dream Act which seeks to help countless other immigrant students like Kim receive a college education and fulfill their own dreams.
As a member of the New York State Assembly, Kim has pledged to be a fierce advocate for his constituents, fighting for middle class taxpayers, funding New York City schools, and creating jobs by giving small businesses incentives for hiring new workers. According to Kim, public service is all about protecting the most vulnerable in society, while also ensuring that opportunities exist for all.
Running as a reformer against Albany corruption, Kim has constructed a platform which additionally prioritizes local job creation and the expansion of economic opportunities for the entire community, while at the same time raising New York’s minimum wage and protecting seniors by expanding the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program – EPIC is a free New York State program that helps thousands of senior citizens pay for their prescription drugs at reduced costs.
The Queens County Democratic organization pick also advocates more after-school and language programs in an effort to help kids in the district achieve even greater success outside the classroom. He also favors cutting the kind of bureaucratic red-tape that small business owners like his own immigrant dad, often say hinders growth. Kim enjoys the support of a dozen labor unions, as well as Korean Americans for Political Advancement (KAPA) and National Organization for Women New York State PAC.