Pa. election 2018: 126 women are on the ballot and you might be surprised why they're running

... If Republican Pearl Kim defeats Democrat Mary Scanlon in the 5th congressional district, which covers Delaware County and other slices of the Philadelphia suburbs, she will be the first woman of color elected to Congress in Pennsylvania history. But that’s not why she’s running. The daughter of parents who immigrated from South Korea, and a survivor of cancer and campus sexual assault, said she sees the forgotten and hears the voiceless. “If someone is hurting, I’m helping,” said the 39-year-old special victims prosecutor. Continue reading

Letter to The Editor: ‘Delighted’ by Pearl Kim profile

I was delighted to read the wonderful article about Pearl Kim, who is running as a Republican in the US House race in the former 7th, and now 5th, US Congressional District. [“Former Flourtown resident makes waves as a GOP house candidate in PA 5th.” Sept. 27] I applaud the Chestnut Hill Local in publishing her compelling story as an Asian-American woman whose immigrant parents came to America from South Korea with virtually nothing and went on to become educated professionals and successful members of their community. Her parents obviously imparted their strong value system to Pearl and her brother. Continue reading

Former Flourtown resident makes waves as a GOP house candidate in PA 5th

She hasn’t won a single political race yet but Pearl Kim, the Republican candidate for the newly-created 5th Congressional District in Pennsylvania, is already a darling of the national media. On an early sunny September morning, Kim, 39, who grew up in Flourtown and graduated from Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, turned out for a typical candidate’s ‘meet and greet’ at the Radnor train station to shake hands and get face time with potential voters in the district encompassing parts of Chester, Delaware, Montgomery Counties and Philadelphia. Not typical was the Vice media production crew in tow to capture her encounters with morning commuters. Producers for the media powerhouse selected Kim to profile in a documentary web series that debuts in October featuring four female candidates running as first-time candidates this election season. Continue reading

There hasn't been a Korean American in Congress since 1999. Come November, there could be 4.

At least four Korean-American candidates are still running for seats in Congress. The last Korean-American member of Congress left office in 1999. Naysayers told Jay Kim not to run. But that didn’t stop the South Korea-born engineer from showing up to an open debate back in the early ’90s with a slew of candidates eyeing a seat in Southern California’s newly created 41st Congressional District. “I was really nervous, I couldn’t breathe well,” Kim, now 79, said during a recent Skype interview from Seoul, South Korea, where he lives. “I said, ‘What am I doing here. I don’t have a chance anyway.’” Continue reading

Kim will face Scanlon in 7th District special election, too

The Republican candidate in the 7th U.S. Congressional District special election this November will be Pearl Kim, the GOP nominee for the 5th Congressional District race the same day. Kim, a former senior deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania and special victims unit prosecutor, was selected by Republican conferees Wednesday evening to fill the vacancy left in the 7th district by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7 of Chadds Ford. Meehan resigned in April after a controversy because he used taxpayer money to settle a harassment claim brought by a former female staffer. Continue reading

Radnor resident mounts bid for Congress

SPRINGFIELD >> Pearl Kim is in a hurry. The 39-year-old Radnor resident said her life experiences led to her decision to run for Congress for the newly created 5th District. She’s trying to live up to her mantra: Be the change that you want to see in the world. Kim grew up in Flourtown and graduated from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, a first-generation American raised by her mother, Dr. Hi Sook Kim, a retired pediatrician, and father Dr. Kook Kan Kim, a dentist, who emigrated from South Korea. Kim studied fine arts at Bryn Mawr College through a joint program with Haverford College, she said. Continue reading

From 1992 to 2018: The Year of the Woman, Redux

The similarities are uncanny. In 1992, the year after Anita Hill’s testimony about Clarence Thomas ignited a national debate on sexual harassment, a record 24 women were newly elected to the House of Representatives, increasing female membership by 60 percent. In 2018, the year after #MeToo swept across the country, some 527 women have launched campaigns for House and Senate seats. Pundits called 1992 “The Year of the Woman.” In 2018, observers are using the term again. It’s too early to know if this year will yield another bumper crop of new Congresswomen. But the effects of the wave are obvious here. Continue reading

#MeToo: The US state about to elect a woman

BBC – Two women competing for a congressional seat in Pennsylvania say they are motivated by the #MeToo movement. They tell Rajini Vaidyanathan what it's like running in a state that has no women in Congress.