San Francisco Mayor candidate Jane Kim, who could be the first Asian American woman to serve as mayor of the city, recently took to Medium to share poorly researched and incredibly biased interview questions from a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, one of the city’s most prestigious newspapers.
On May 2, Kim received “vague” interview questions about her background by email from the Chronicle reporter but was quick to spot how the questions were engineered to result in a biased article meant to smear her, a point Kim speculated is related to the negative attacks from her opponent, billionaire and influential Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway.
With the unexpected death of Mayor Ed Lee, the first Asian-American and Chinese-American to hold mayoral office in San Francisco, there is now a special election to elect a new mayor this June 2018 before the end of the term in 2019. One of the candidates running is Jane Kim, a current member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. If elected, she would be “the city’s first female Asian-American mayor.” I had the chance to sit down and interview her about her experience as an Asian-American in politics, and her upcoming race for mayor.
I’m Nadya, a 19-year-old and sophomore at Harvard College, and I ran for office last year. Although I didn’t win, it was a terrifying, exhausting, unforgettable, and extremely meaningful journey, and I am celebrating that my campaign team and I made historic waves with student and youth turnout in the election. While I was running, I looked up to Jane Kim as inspiration for another woman who looked like me and ran her first race for local office when she was 26-years-old.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to clarify Jane Kim’s position on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Jane Kim, San Francisco’s first Korean-American elected official as well as a member of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, officially announced her plan to run for the city’s mayor position next year as she filed all the paperwork needed at the elections office on December 20, Wednesday.