KANG WINS CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION SUPPORT
Sukhee Kang's Education Endorsements Keep Piling Up, as President of Largest Teachers' Union in CA Says Kang "Has Always Put Education at the Top of His Agenda"
BURLINGAME - The largest education organization in the state, the California Teachers Association, has endorsed Sukhee Kang in the Senate District 29 race.
Previously, Kang won the support of the California Federation of Teachers, the California Faculty Association, representing CSU faculty, and the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges.
The district is at the confluence
of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association has become one of the strongest advocates for educators in the country. CTA represents 325,000 members, including teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists and nurses. These educators in the K-12 system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professors to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.
"The California Teachers Association is proud to support to Sukhee Kang for state Senate District 29," said CTA President Eric C. Heins. "Sukhee has always put education at the top of his agenda and will be a strong voice for public education at all levels in the Senate. As a university educator himself, Sukhee is committed to educational excellence, and is dedicated to ensuring educators have the resources and tools required to prepare California's young people for college."
"I am enormously grateful for the endorsement of the California Teachers Association in my race for the Senate," Kang said. "CTA is the gold standard among education-advocacy organizations, and I am particularly gratified that all of the education organizations that have endorsed in this race have seen fit to strongly support my candidacy. I look forward to working with CTA and its members to help improve our educational system at all levels."
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, the first Democrat to do so, and has since picked up dozens of endorsements from state and local officials, community leaders and organizations 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 vice president of business and legal affairs at Hulu.