Carolyn “Jiyoung” Park

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Park has a B.A. in History and Africa and Diaspora Studies from Tulane University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School [7]. While in law school, she externed at the Disability Mediation Center at Loyola Law School and for Federal Magistrate Judge Stephen J. Hillman before passing the California Bar Exam in 2003. Park currently has a private general practice that handles civil rights, labor, tenant, and social impact business matters. She is a Sustainable Economies Legal Fellow and a member of the Just Transition Lawyering Institute. She provides pro bono and volunteer legal work regarding expungements, first amendment right cases, and asylum seekers. She is also a part of the SilverLake Neighborhood Council Governing Board and liaison to the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance. Park previously worked as a staff attorney for a public sector union and was a full dues-paying member of United Workers Local 2350 [2]. 

Key Issues

Criminal Justice

Park wants to reduce judge bias in court sentences by increasing diversity among judges, including diversity in litigation backgrounds. She wants to ensure access to a fair trial regardless of identity or background [3]. She is currently working on cases to sue the Sheriff’s department for use of force during the 2020 protests [4]. 

Incarceration

Park wants to decrease incarceration rates by expanding and funding diversion programs such as substance abuse treatment and anger management courses [5]. 

Endorsements

La Defensx; Ground Game Los Angeles; Working Families Party; People’s Action; Unite Here Local 1; Roofers & Waterproofers Union Local 36; Amusement Area Employees Local B-192, IATSE; Teamsters Joint Council 42; California Federation of Interpreters Local 39000; National Writers Union; Center for Biological Diversity; Sunrise Movement Los Angeles; Culver City Democratic Club; Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains; Yes We Can Democratic Club, Long Beach; Democrats of Pasadena Foothills; Southern California Armenian Democrats; Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club; Americans for Democratic Action, Southern California; Burbank Democratic Club; Black Los Angeles Young Democrats, Los Angeles; Progressive Asian Network for Action; The Future Left; Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles County; Our Revolution – Feel the Bern, Los Angeles County; California Assemblymember Isaac Bryan; California Assemblymember Ash Kalra; California Senator Anthony Portantino; California Assemblymember Laura Friedman; Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin; Los Angeles City Councilmember Elect Eunisses Hernandez; West Hollywood Councilmember Lindsay Horvath; Vice Mayor of Burbank Konstantine Anthony; Mayor of Culver City Daniel Lee; Culver City Councilmember Alex Fisch; Culver City Councilmember Yasmine-Imani McMorrin; Alhambra Councilmember Sasha Renée Pérez; Montebello Councilwoman Scarlet Peralta; Mayor Pro Tem City of Hawthorne L. David Patterson; Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin II; Vice Mayor of Norwalk Ana Valencia; Cerritos Councilmember Frank Aurelio Yokoyama; Pasadena City Councilmember Jason Lyon; Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, Member, Burbank Unified School District Board of Education,  and Founder, Honorary Chair of Southern CA Armenian Democrats; Pasadena Community College District Governing Board Member Elect Steven Gibson; Pasadena Area Community College District Governing Board Member Kristine E. Kwong; Pasadena Area Community College District Governing Board Member Alton Wang Glendale City Clerk Dr. Suzie Abajian; Artesia Councilmember Ali Sajjad Taj; Victor Narro, LA City Commissioner; Susan Burton, Found of A New Way of Life; Darrell Goode, NAACP Area Director; Franky Carrillo, Commissioner of Los Angeles County Probation Oversight Commission, California Democratic Party Executive Board Member, Assembly District 51, Criminal Justice Advocate; Dr. Kelsey K. Iino, Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees Member; Marissa Roy, President of California Women’s List; Ismael Parra, National Writers Union, Los Angeles Chapter Chair; Luis Rodriguez, Writer, 2022 California Governor Candidate; Fatima Iqbal-Zubair, California Democratic Party Executive Board Member, Assembly District 65, 2022 State Assembly Candidate, Assembly District 65; David Kim, California Democratic Party Delegate, Assembly District 53, 2022 Congressional Candidate, Congressional District 34; Maebe A. Girl, 2022 Congressional Candidate, Congressional District 30; Loraine Lundquist, Astrophysicist, former LA City Council candidate; Josh Nuni, California Democratic Party Executive Board Member, Assembly District 52l; Kristina Wong, California Democratic Party Executive Board Member, Assembly District 53, Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council Governing Board Member, Founder of Auntie’s Sewing Squad; Ash Lopez, California Democratic Party Delegate, Assembly District 36; Adriana Cabrera, California Democratic Assembly Delegate, Assembly District 59; CJ Berina, California Democratic Assembly Delegate, Assembly District 40; Victor Frias, California Democratic Assembly Delegate, Assembly District 52, United Teachers Los Angeles, Chapter Chair; Cindi Duran, California Democratic Assembly Delegate, Assembly District 57; Rebecca Rona, Chair, Culver City Equity in Human Relations Advisory Committee; Jamie York, Secretary of Reseda Neighborhood Council; Eric Brightwell, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Governing Board Member; The Korean Daily; LA Progressive; Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles; Action Cali

Sources

1 Ballotpedia

2 Park for Judge 2022

3 Voters Edge

4 Youtube – Meet and Greet: Carolyn “Jiyoung” Park

5 Knock LA

6 Twitter

7 VoyageLA