• Democrat

    David Kim

  • Elect David Kim to push CD-34 in the right direction.



    The Position

    Congressmembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the United States Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives. There is no term limit for this position.





    The District

    California’s 34th Congressional District includes parts of Los Angeles County. Democrats typically hold this district. Of the registered voters in this district, 8% are Republican and 60% are Democrat, and the district’s demographic breakdown is 56% Latino, 20% Asian, and 7% Black. This district is considered to be one of the 16 strong Latino seats in the California congressional delegation, and is also home to the largest Korean American community in the country. After the 2021 redistricting process, CD-34 is 1% less Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-34 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 64 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 69 points.





    The Race

    There are four candidates running for this seat, including incumbent Democratic Representative Jimmy Gomez, Democrat David Kim, and Republican Mia Hernandez. Incumbent Gomez’s campaign has not committed to any campaign pledges, and is funded by pharmaceutical corporations, insurance corporations, the American Gas Association and other fossil fuel interests, and corporate interests like Facebook and Amazon. Kim’s campaign has raised $24,501 and is not funded by corporate PAC money, fossil fuel money, police money, or real estate money.





    The Recommendation

    David Kim, an immigration lawyer, is from Sierra Vista, AZ, and has lived in Los Angeles for twelve years. According to campaign materials, he is running for election because he understands the needs of this low-income district, having personally experienced housing precarity, underemployment, and debt. Kim has previously run for and won a seat on his local Neighborhood Council. In his first major run, for CD-34 in the 2020 election, Kim lost by only 6 points to incumbent Rep. Gomez.

    Kim is an immigration and entertainment attorney. If elected, he will be the first Korean American to represent Koreatown, as well as the first openly gay person to represent CD-34. Kim champions a $1,000 Universal Basic Income, Medicare for All, and more affordable and public housing options through measures like increased construction, expanded access, and rent control. He also supports progressive policies like the Green New Deal, decriminalizing marijuana and addiction, providing more humane and straightforward pathways to citizenship for immigrants and Dreamers, and canceling student loan debt.

    Kim has the endorsement of many progressive groups in the district, including Ground Game LA, Youth Climate Strike LA, and East Area Progressive Democrats. Based on our analysis, Kim’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that he will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CD-34 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.



    Last updated: 2022-05-11

    David Kim

    Elect David Kim to push CD-34 in the right direction.



    David Kim

    Elect David Kim to push CD-34 in the right direction.



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