The strong endorsements keep coming for Garden Grove Councilwoman Kim Bernice Nguyen’s congressional campaign. After announcing endorsements from Former State Assemblyman Tom Daly, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, and the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36, Ms. Nguyen today announced another major endorsement from State Senator and former Federal Prosecutor Tom Umberg.
Upon endorsing Ms. Nguyen for Congress, Senator Umberg stated:
“I’ve witnessed firsthand Kim’s leadership and determination to build safer, stronger communities and address our housing and homelessness crisis. I know what it takes to flip Republican seats. I believe in Kim and know she has what it takes to win. That’s why I’m proud to endorse her for US Congress!”
Since announcing her congressional campaign she has amassed nearly 40 state, county, local, education, and labor endorsements, showing that she is the Democrat who can win the primary and ultimately defeat MAGA Republican Michelle Steel.
The daughter of a Vietnamese refugee and a Mexican immigrant, Kim Bernice Nguyen was the first in her family to graduate high school and college. At just 25, she won a historic election as the youngest person and first Latina ever elected to the Garden Grove City Council. A leader on women’s issues, Ms. Nguyen has stood up to harassment and sought equality and justice throughout Southern California and has fought to ensure that immigrants, like her parents, have the dignity and opportunity to succeed in our communities. A homegrown leader, Ms. Nguyen attended Clinton-Mendenhall Elementary, Doig Intermediate, and Santiago High School. As a healthcare expert, she will bring a much-needed public health background to Congress, having formerly worked for CalOptima and now as a Program Manager for a large health plan.
CA-45 is one of the top pickup opportunities for Democrats in 2024. It is a Biden +6 district with a Democratic registration advantage of 5.6%. Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Latino voters are a majority of the district at 51.6% – with Vietnamese voters making up the largest block of AAPI voters at 58.4%. If elected, Ms. Nguyen would be the first person of Vietnamese descent ever elected to Congress in California and only the third in US history. She would also be the first Asian-Latina in Congress and one of a growing group of millennials seeking to make change on our most crucial issues.