CANDIDATE FEATURE – YOUNG KIM (Challenger for Seat#4)

Young Kim
Young Kim

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.

He skipped a Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum because he says the public doesn’t like the timing, pricing or the format.

He speaks in front of the City Council on matters he says citizens are concerned over, but apparently without much knowledge of the subject. Here is what he said last Wednesday:

“It appears that one class of people is being effected and another class is not. There are rumors going about that agriculture is benefitting from the water rate changes and I don’t know if it’s true and it’s not what I’m stating, but it needs to be addressed.”

When Mayor Joe Kilsheimer asked Kim if he had any basis to make that claim, he said no, but he has people who want him to make the claim.

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. 12400983_180173789006385_6364277803767628199_n-1

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.

He explains his campaigning style with a very familiar phrase used by many before him, but Kim seems to add his own personality to it.

“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.  My participation in the campaign will help the city to realize that we need to unite Apopka. The city needs to focus their energies not only on special interest groups, but also the marginalized persons in our community.”


And he’s running specifically against Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith for that very reason.0acfc5_e4f5b9b09cec432fa53d6342ff760742-2


“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.”


While Kilsheimer references Heathrow/Lake Mary, Lake Nona and Winter Garden as examples of cities that did things he wants to do for Apopka, Kim looks just a few miles down 441 for his example.


“I want to attract small businesses where they can be compacted in an area such as the way Mont Dora has fashioned its city.  I believe that Mont Dora has wise city planners and was quite lucky that 441 was not located directly near the downtown area. Wise city planning can help us increase property values and help attract business to the city.”

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.




  1. I want to wish Mr. Young Kim the best in his run for seat 4, for the Apopka City Council. I admire him for running for elected office, and for wanting to be a part of the decision making in Apopka politics. I look at the hundreds of people in our country who run for the highest office in our nation, the President of the United States of America, and they are unknown candidates, that we, the voters, never get to see, nor know anything about them, nor know their platforms or ideas, yet they still go against the odds and run. They have to spend at least $ 5,000 on their campaigns, in order to continue running, according to our laws, and then they don’t even get to participate in the debates, and worse, they don’t even get their names printed on the ballots. Mr. Young Kim, however, has much better odds of winning, and that is a one in three chance of winning. That is not bad odds, if you are a betting person. In fact, it is great odds. He also does not have to spend $ 5,000 on his campaign, and he in fact, doesn’t have to spend anything, except the filing fee , if that is what he chooses,and he does get his name printed on the ballot. I believe his educational background in political science, and his law degree, will serve him well, if he is elected, and if he is not elected, his education will still serve him well, in life. I believe he has a very good understanding of the issues facing the downtown merchants, and that would also give him some valuable insight, if he serves on the council. As far as compassion is concerned, yes, more compassion, for our citizens, is definitely needed on the council. So, I wish you the very best, Mr. Young Kim.


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