Kim Nguyen

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Kim Nguyen received a B.A. in Politics with a minor in Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was the first in her family to graduate high school and college [4]. Nguyen serves on the Garden Grove City Council and was the first Latina and youngest person to be elected to this position. While on the city council she also served as Graden Grove Mayor Pro Tem. She is a Senior Compliance Analyst for Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan and previously worked for CalOptima as a Community Relations Specialist, Senior Policy Analyst, and Clinical Systems Administrator. Nguyen has worked as a Legislative Intern for CA State Senator Lou Correa and as a Special Projects Coordinator for the US House of Representatives [11]. She has also served on the CA Film Commission, the Southern California Association of Governments, the Orange County Council of Governments, the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency, and the League of California Cities [4].

Key Issues

Public Safety

Nguyen supports increasing resources for fire and search and rescue personnel. She also wants to collaborate with law enforcement and local public safety organizations to improve community policing practices and homelessness prevention efforts [2]. She wants to establish better safety nets for youth aging out of foster care [6].

Healthcare

Nguyen wants to work with community members, non-profits, and public health leaders to improve treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues [2]. She wants to de-politicize CalOptima [3]. 

 

Homelessness

Nguyen wants to mandate professional management of supportive housing facilities and increase affordable housing options, especially near job centers. She wants to ensure supportive housing facilities and affordable housing are constructed throughout the county, especially in South Orange County. Nguyen wants to work with the Department of Healthcare Services to improve the availability, quality, and accessibility of substance abuse and mental health treatments options. She supports the expansion of Mobile Crisis Stabilization Unit Programs to facilitate certified crisis counselors responding to nonviolent situations [2].

COVID-19

Nguyen wants to expand COVID-19 relief efforts and work with state and federal governments and community organizations to increase testing and vaccine availability [2].

Reproductive Rights

Nguyen supports protecting access to reproductive health care including abortions and contraception [6]. 

Endorsements

Katie Porter, Congresswoman, 45th District; Alan Lowenthal, Congressman, 47th District; Sara Jacobs, Congresswoman, 53rd District; Dave Min, State Senator, 37th District; Tom Umberg, State Senator, 34th District; Monique Limon, State Senator, 19th District; Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assemblywoman, 65th District; Cristina Garcia, Assemblywoman, 58th District; Tiffany Ackley, Aliso Viejo City Councilmember; Richard Hurt, Aliso Viejo City Councilmember; Mark Lopez, Anaheim Elementary School Boardmember; Connor Traut, Buena Park City Councilmember; Susan Sonne, Buena Park City Councilmember; Jerry Flores, Centralia Elemementary School Boardmemberl Lamiya Hoque, Centralia Elementary School Board Member; Frank Yokohama, Cerritos City Councilmember; Andrea Marr, Costa Mesa City Councilmember; Arlis Reynolds, Costa Mesa City Councilmember; Jocelyn Yow, Eastvale City Councilmember; Glenn Grandis, Fountain Valley City Councilmember; John O’Neill, Garden Grove City Councilmember; Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen, Garden Grove Mayor Pro-Tem; Dan Kalmick, Huntington Beach City Councilmember; Kim Carr, Huntington Beach City Councilmember; Natalie Moser, Huntington Beach City Councilmember; Rhonda Bolton, Huntington Beach City Councilmember; Farrah Khan, Irvine Mayor; Tammy Kim, Irvine City Councilmember; Chip Monaco, Orange City Councilmember; Ana Page, Orange Unified School Board Trustee; Kris Erickson, Orange Unified School Board Vice President; Rachel Hernandez, Riverbank City Councilmember; Nelida Mendoza, Santa Ana City Councilmember; David Penaloza, Santa Ana City Councilmember; Thai Viet Phan, Santa Ana City Councilmember; Phil Bacerra, Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem; Valerie Amezcua, Santa Ana Unified School Board Trustee; Letitia Clark, Tustin Mayor; Asian Americans In Action; California Young Democrats; California Young Democrats, AAPI Caucus; District Council 36 – Painters and Allied Trades; Fund Her; Garden Grove Police Association; Ironworkers Local 433l; Latinas Lead California; Operating Engineers Local 12; National Women’s Political Caucus; Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers Local 220; SMART Local 105; UA Local 250 Steamfitters; UA Local 582 Pipefitters; United Steelworkers Local 675; Women in Leadership

Sources

1 Ballotpedia

2 Vote Kim Nguyen

3 LA Times

4 City of Garden Grove

5 OC-Breeze

6 Facebook

7 New Santa Ana

8 Twitter

9 Voters Edge

10 Women Political Committee Los Angeles

11 Linkedin