For Immediate Release
August 31, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Kim-Khánh Văn for King County Council
Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Kim-Khánh Văn in the race for King County Council to represent District 9. Emily Cain, executive director of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to endorse Kim-Khánh Văn for King County Council. Kim-Khánh knows the value of hard work and is focused on delivering an equitable COVID-19 recovery to King County residents. She will work to create new jobs, ensure people feel safe in their communities, and to invest in transportation and transit so that all King County families have access to education, economic opportunities, and more. We are confident that with her experience as an immigration attorney and Renton City Council member, Kim-Khánh is well equipped to better the lives of all King County residents. EMILYs List looks forward to working with Kim-Khánh and ensuring that King County elects its first woman of color to serve on the County Council in 35 years.”
Renton City Councilmember Kim-Khánh Văn was born in Vietnam and at age 6, fled with her mother and siblings to refugee camps in the Philippines. They moved to the United States through the sponsorship of a local King County church, and Kim-Khánh and her family worked multiple jobs to make a living. Kim-Khánh then went on to be the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college and law school.
Today, Kim-Khánh works as an immigration attorney and has served on the Renton City Council since 2020. On the Council, Kim-Khánh has championed issues of inclusion and equity, drawing on her experience as a small business owner and immigrant. She would be the second Asian American woman ever elected to the King County Council and the first woman of color to serve on the Council in 35 years.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 158 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.