I’m running for the people of Shoreline who feel that they have no voice. We deserve a City Council that represents our best interests – not special interests. The Light Rail stations and Point Wells development will forever change Shoreline and we must manage that responsibly.

I will be an inclusive and determined force for all of Shoreline. We’re experiencing growth pushing Seattle’s problems into our city. As a teen, I was addicted to Opioids. I recovered from these exact issues coming to Shoreline and will use my lived experience to better inform public decisions at the local level: rising addiction, homelessness, and affordability.

In the spirit of rotation, it’s important to bring new perspectives as often as possible. As Councilmember my focus will be on financial sustainability and expanding services for our vulnerable community members.

Endorsements: Congresswoman Jayapal, King County Councilwoman Kohl-Welles, Senator Chase, Representative Ryu, M.L. King County Labor Council, King County & 32nd Democrats, NARAL Pro-Choice-WA, and many more!


 

Bio:

Jin-Ah Kim is a photographer and political activist, most recently at the Washington State Legislature LSS Photography Department for the 2017 Legislative Session in Olympia. Formally trained at Rochester Institute of Technology’s BFA photojournalism program, a first generation Korean-American born in Anchorage, Alaska and daughter of a U.S. Army disabled veteran, she has long been an advocate for immigrant and disability rights—particularly for adults with developmental disabilities within Seattle since 2013, where she has served as a Residential Care Trainer at Greenwood Home for over two years.

She is an active PCO and Executive Board member of the 32nd District Democrats, APACE (Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Empowerment), and elected as the King County Democratic Central Committee’s female alternate. Past political involvement includes U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal’s 2016 campaign for Congress as a Communications intern, and (along with a small group of photographers) as early supporters of the Seattle Stands with Standing Rock! (NoDAPL) movement, providing services free of charge to help spread awareness and build solidarity for the movement.

Other notable areas of interest include advocacy for addicts and their families, especially those of Asian descent in the wake of the opioid epidemic. Jin-Ah often acts as a silent surrogate, bringing loved ones to treatment centers. She has also served as a translator (both figuratively and literally) to battle cultural barriers of shame and stigma. In doing so, helping to integrate loved ones into 12 step communities, maintain anonymity and provide much needed education and empathy to a sensitive and complex issue that bears no prejudice for race, religion, or social status.

If elected - Jin-Ah Kim will be the 3rd person in America to ever win an election, publicly open in recovery (After the current Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh & the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds)...and the first to do so from an Opioid addiction.
 



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