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Sam Kang

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Sam Kang
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Former candidate for
California State Assembly, District 15
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Sam Kang was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 15 of the California State Assembly.


Campaign themes


Kang's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Changing California Schools So They Work for All Students

  • Excerpt: "In addition to increasing funding and making it more reliable by reforming our tax structure and making multinational corporations pay their fair share, Sam will work to make sure our schools deliver their promise to the students who need it most."

Finding Sustainable Revenue to Ensure California’s Future

  • Excerpt: "The revenue increases generated by Prop 30 are only temporary. So we must find a significant and sustainable source of revenue for the state. Creating a split roll system to tax residential and commercial property at different rates is a winnable issue."

Protecting the Environment and Creating a Green Economy

  • Excerpt: "Sam believes that everyone has the right to live in clean, healthy, and sustainable communities. That’s why he’s against fracking and will fight to stop it."

Providing Opportunities for Working Families, Local Communities & Small Businesses

  • Excerpt: "The quest for “job creation” has often times ignored the sources of it – wealth creation in local communities. This can be remedied by proliferating supplier diversity, the practice of targeting and contracting with minority-, women-, and disabled veteran-owned businesses."

Reducing Health Care Costs and Successfully Implementing the Affordable Care Act

  • Excerpt: "Sam believes that everyone has the right to affordable and accessible health care. That's why he believes we must continue to strive for a single-payer system health care system. "



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Elizabeth Echols (D) and Tony Thurmond (D) defeated Clarence Hunt (D), Sam Kang (D), Pamela Price (D), Rich Kinney (R), Eugene E. Ruyle (Peace & Freedom) and Bernt Rainer Wahl (I) in the blanket primary. Thurmond defeated Echols in the general election.[2][3][4]

California State Assembly, District 15, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTony Thurmond 54.3% 66,661
     Democratic Elizabeth Echols 45.7% 56,071
Total Votes 122,732
California State Assembly, District 15 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Echols 31.1% 21,664
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTony Thurmond 24.4% 16,963
     Democratic Pamela Price 17.1% 11,898
     Republican Rich Kinney 10.8% 7,531
     Democratic Sam Kang 6.7% 4,630
     Democratic Clarence Hunt 4.8% 3,329
     Peace and Freedom Eugene E. Ruyle 3.5% 2,426
     Independent Bernt Rainer Wahl 1.6% 1,132
Total Votes 69,573



In 2014, Kang's endorsements include the following:[5]

  • California Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus
  • Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP)
  • California Small Business Association
  • California Medical Association PAC
  • California Chiropractic Association
  • Crime Victims United of California
  • RULE (Residents United for a Livable Emeryville)
  • Korean American Democratic Club
  • Chinese American Democratic Club
  • Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner
  • Warren Furutani, former Assemblymember and API Legislative Caucus Chair
  • Carmen Chu, San Francisco City Assessor
  • Jac Asher, Mayor of Emeryville
  • Ann Cheng, former Mayor of El Cerrito
  • Stewart Chen, Alameda City Councilman
  • Josh Arce, SF Environmental Commissioner and Executive Director, Brightline Defense
  • Michael Chan, President, Asian Inc.
  • Anthony Chavez, Education & Community Outreach Consultant and grandson of civil rights hero Cesar Chavez
  • Natalie Cole, Publisher, Our Weekly
  • Earl “Skip” Cooper II, President and CEO, Black Business Association

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