CANDIDATE FEATURE - YOUNG KIM (Challenger for Seat#4)
In most political campaigns it’s not difficult to follow a candidate’s strategy. Most will focus on their strengths, on issues, point out their opponent’s flaws, or some combination of the above.
Then there is Young Kim.
Kim’s strategy is a bit more… enigmatic. Much like water in your hands it’s elusive. He seems more concerned with conveying the wishes of his supporters and citizens of Apopka than changing the minds of voters.
His tactics are unusual at a minimum for someone hoping to unseat a 39-year incumbent, but Kim seems unconcerned with standard operating procedure. He runs his campaign in his own image. He rides a bicycle to events. He speaks his mind. He shoots from the hip.
He is Young Kim and he is running for Seat #4 of the Apopka City Commission.
Kim and his family moved to Apopka in 1988. They own All-American Furniture near City Hall. Kim is the Manager.
According to his website, he attended Forest Lake Academy and graduated from Apopka High School. He has a degree from The University of Central Florida in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in that subject as well from a German university. He also has a Law Degree from Florida A&M University.
“My campaign is grass roots,” he said “I have not received any major contributions from any large corporate interests or institutions. Fortunately, due to the small size of our community, a strictly grass root campaign can still be effective.”
Kim sees himself as a person who better represents the diverse makeup of Apopka.
“Apopka commissioners are not truly representative of the demographics of Apopka," he said. "We have a very diverse group of people who make up our community."
And he’s running specifically against Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith for that very reason.
“I simply do not believe that he (Arrowsmith) represents all of Apopka because we have so many different groups of people. We have diverse cultural backgrounds, persons of various ages, and different socio-economic backgrounds. I simply do not believe that Mr. Arrowsmith is a unifier of the community.”
And while Kim’s tactics and style may seem unusual or hard to follow, his priorities are not. He wants to help those that need help the most.
"My platform is drawn from these three words: unity, compassion and innovation. A unity statement such as this is committed in advancing the equality of opportunity between all people within the community and fostering good relations between different people and cultures in the Apopka community. Furthermore, as Apopka continues towards rapid development, the city must also display compassion towards the less fortunate. We must balance our interests in real estate development between upper, middle and lower class homes.”
Kim is an unorthodox candidate with a big heart and a lot of ideas to help Apopka. He may be the underdog for Seat#4, but his campaign will not soon be forgotten, no matter the outcome on March 15th.
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