Sam Kim for State Rep, Dist. 17, #1, Independent Democrat


Sam Kim

Sam Kim is a proven leader known for working collaboratively with all stakeholders to achieve the impossible.  As a political moderate and a fiscal conservative, Sam is an efficiency expert able to eliminate waste, simplify process, and get more done with less resources.


With deep experiences in both business and government, Sam knows how to make every dollar count. He has led transformational changes at numerous organizations and he'll do the same in the legislature.   


Sam stands for:

  • Education
  • Jobs
  • Infrastructure
  • Safety and Security -
    including our constitutional right to bear arms


May 18, 2016

Battle Ground School Board Director, former U.S. Navy Officer and IT Professional Sam Kim to Run for Legislature in LD 17 as an Independent Democrat

Moderate education and technology leader originally announced that he was running as a Republican but has decided to switch political parties, due to ideological rigidity of former party.

VANCOUVER— Sam Kim, a four-term Battle Ground Public Schools Director, Clark County Information Technology Director and former U.S. Navy Officer, has announced that he will be changing parties and running as an Independent Democrat in his bid for the State House in the 17th Legislative District.  The seat is being vacated by Lynda Wilson, who is running for the State Senate. 

Kim, a moderate who had first considered running as a Republican, will instead file for office as an Independent Democrat, citing his former party’s ideological rigidity and embracing the isolationism of party Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Kim’s announcement comes after rumors started swirling over his party switch. Senate Candidate Tim Probst has also announced his intention of running as an Independent Democrat and Tanisha Harris who had originally announced for the House as a Democrat filed on Monday to run for the County Council against David Madore.  Kim’s announcement comes with a pledge to support Probst’s independent reforms and to vote for whomever is the official Democratic nominee for President.

“My family came to this country from Korea to seek freedom and open doors of opportunity, and I joined our military to protect those freedoms,” said Kim. “I can no longer identify with a party that wants to close doors of trade and economic growth, that wants to restrict individual freedoms in access to health care, and at the same time, cannot embrace the need to help every child succeed by fully funding our schools.”

Kim, who has never sought partisan office, has served as a school board director in his home community of Battle Ground, where he led efforts to improve test scores and relations with teachers, parents and the community.

“Our schools are where we inspire and develop the leaders of the future,” said Kim, himself a married father of two grown kids. “We need leaders in Olympia who recognize that school funding is not a partisan issue, it is a critical investment in our future success.”

Kim opposes the proposed oil terminal outside of Vancouver, and supports efforts to revitalize conversations to rebuild the century old, obsolete Columbia River Crossing I-5 bridge. 

“We need infrastructure that moves people and goods safely, and supports a stronger, more economically diverse Clark County,” said Kim. “This means we build bridges and roads linking home, work, school and culture—not dangerous oil facilities that threaten our safety and quality of life.”

Kim believes his moderate, bi-partisan approach reflects the district—his home for over 25 years. 

“I’ve always put community and family first,” said Kim. “In my years of volunteering and serving our kids and schools I’ve never cared about party label, only getting things done responsibly and within budgets.  I’m a fiscal conservative who wants to make sure our state lives within its means and prioritizes the schools, higher education, protecting the vulnerable, and the needs of middle class families.  I look forward to discussing my independent style and positive approach with voters across the district.”




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