On October 27, 2017, KACE hosted a forum with all 7 candidates running to represent New Jersey’s 39th Legislative District. One of the few hotly contested district, the 39th encompasses northern Bergen County and boasts the second most Korean-American population in the state. In the forum, we discussed critical issues of our community like local economy, small business, education, and senior citizens’ welfare. We thank our community partners Korean American […]

On October 21 & 22, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) joined the NY Harvest Festival and held a voter registration drive at Queens College in Flushing, NY. With election day 16 days away on November 7, KACE assisted over 36 first-time voter registrations this weekend. KACE empowers our community’s voters by providing information and resources to allow more and more Korean Americans exercise their voting rights. For any voting and election-related questions […]

On October 10, 2017, KACE announced the inaugural Early Voting Day for Bergen County, NJ. Though New Jersey’s election laws do not allow for a formal early voting day, with the support of community organizations and Bergen County Clerk John Hogan, Bergen County voters can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot on the weekend before the election and submit the ballot right away on site. Visit One Bergen County Plaza on Saturday, […]

The 2015 Korean American Grassroots Conference (KAGC) united Korean American leaders from across the United States in Washington DC. The three day conference took place from Tuesday, July 21st, to Thursday, July 23rd. Hosted by the Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) and the Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area, and joined by nearly 500 Korean Americans, the conference sought to emphasize the importance of Grassroots Leadership Development and […]

On Monday, April 6th 2015, staffs of Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) and Minsun Kim, president of the Long Island Conservatory met with Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY 3rd district). This meeting was arranged by Mrs. Minsun Kim who is a good friend of the congressman, and was attended by Dongchan Kim (KACE President), Dohyung Kim (KACE Board member),  and Chejin Park (staff attorney). The meeting took place in the district […]

Freeholder Candidate Bob Avery, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, Freeholder Candidate Bernadette Walsh, Moderator Sunny Hwang

Freeholder Candidate Bob Avery, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, Freeholder Candidate Bernadette Walsh, Moderator Sunny Hwang

On October 28th, KACE hosted “Meet the Candidate” with the Republican candidates for Bergen County Freeholders and Bergen County Executive. Dubbed “Team Donovan,” the Republican candidates include the incumbent County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Freeholder candidates Bob Avery (Ridgefield) and Bernadette Walsh (Ridgewood).

Leaders of several Korean American organizations in Bergen County, along with KACE Interns, attended the event to eagerly discuss with the candidates their concerns and ask questions regarding issues that affect the Korean American community in Bergen County. The attendees included President Taebok Kang of Korean American Senior Citizens’ Association of NJ, President Kenneth Yu of the Korean American Association of New Jersey, and President Myung-geun Park of Korean American Chamber of Commerce of NJ.

During the series of questions, the incumbent County Executive Kathleen Donovan cited her involvement with the “Comfort Women” victims and dedication of a memorial in their honor as the most memorable of the many experiences she’s had with the Korean American community in the past 4 years.

The candidates of “Team Donovan” then explained that their priority is to decrease the county government’s spending, with a particular focus on lowering the property tax across the county, as the incumbent has in her first term. Bob Avery elaborated on the “shared services” initiative that the county government has been working on and argued that the amount of property taxes throughout Bergen County can be reduced by a third, simply by combining police, fire, and public works departments among 5 to 6 neighboring municipalities.

Regarding the LG Electronics HQ project in Englewood Cliffs, Donovan defended the construction project, saying that LG followed all legal steps for approval, even though she respects all the criticism against it. She further shared her optimism for an increase in employment and revenue that the new LG headquarters is expected to bring in.

The candidates further expressed their support for more involvement of the Korean Americans in not only the private sector, but also the public sector. Citing her recent employment of 2 Korean bilingual dispatchers in emergency services and 4 Korean bilingual candidates for the County Police, Ms. Donovan remarked that she and her running mates will always support any Korean Americans become community leaders so that the face of Bergen County truly represents its people.

Lastly, regarding the Blue Laws in the county, the candidates cautiously responded that although the Laws are necessary, there should be more flexibility, such as allowing each municipality to decide to suit its own needs.

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On October 28th, KACE hosted “Meet the Candidate” with the Republican candidates for Bergen County Freeholders and Bergen County Executive. Dubbed “Team Donovan,” the Republican candidates include the incumbent County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Freeholder candidates Bob Avery (Ridgefield) and Bernadette Walsh (Ridgewood). Leaders of several Korean American organizations in Bergen County, along with KACE Interns, attended the event to eagerly discuss with the candidates their concerns and ask questions regarding issues […]

From left: President Dongchan Kim, Coordinators Sungkwan Jang & Karin Yoo, Director Wonseok Song (Credit: Reporter Jinsoo Lee, Korea Times)

From left: President Dongchan Kim, Coordinators Sungkwan Jang & Karin Yoo, Director Wonseok Song (Credit: Reporter Jinsoo Lee, Korea Times)

On October 14th, 2014, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) hosted a press conference in Hackensack, NJ to present its annual analysis of the New Jersey Korean American Voter Data and 2014 NJ Election Guide.

The data on the Korean American voters’ demographics were based on the database provided by the New Jersey Divison of Elections, as updated in August, 2014. Through an algorithm developed by KACE, the complied data were analyzed by the county, party affiliation, age, and congressional and state assembly districts. According to this year’s analysis, there are 5,535 more Korean American voters registered this year, compared to last year’s data. Though, the Korean American community’s registration rate of 44.8% and turnout rate of 21% are considerably lower than their statewide counterparts (61% and 39.4%, respectively) and thus, KACE encourages all Korean American voters to cast their vote on the upcoming general elections in November 4th. A barometer of Korean American’s civic engagement, the Korean American Voter Data Analysis has been published annaully by KACE since 1996 in Korean American-heavy areas in New York and New Jersey. (To download the 2014 NJ Korean American Voter Data Analysis, click here. Available in Korean only.)

Further announced today was the 2014 NJ Voters Guide, similarly published every year to help Korean American voters be better informed of the elections and candidates. This 40-page booklet features detailed information on KACE, voter registration, mail-by-vote ballot, poll site location and hours, and all candidates (including the House of Representatives, Senate, Bergen and Passaic Counties, Mayors, City Councils, and Board of Education) in Korean. (To download the 2014 NJ Election Guide, click here. Available in Korean only.)

Moreover, KACE operates Election Hotline to assist Korean American voters with all and any concerns and complaints that may arise at poll sites. The Hotline can be reached at 347-766-5223 and will be open from 6AM through 8PM on the Election Day.

For more information, please contact KACE at 718) 961-447 (NY), or 201) 488-4201 (NJ).

On October 14th, 2014, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) hosted a press conference in Hackensack, NJ to present its annual analysis of the New Jersey Korean American Voter Data and 2014 NJ Election Guide. The data on the Korean American voters’ demographics were based on the database provided by the New Jersey Divison of Elections, as updated in August, 2014. Through an algorithm developed by KACE, the complied data were analyzed […]

Report on the Korean American Grassroots Conference and 7th Anniversary of the Comfort Women Resolution Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) held the inaugural Korean American Grassroots Conference from July 29th to July 31st, 2014 in Washington DC. KACE also raised awareness about the “comfort women” issue by taking two “comfort women” survivors from the House of Sharing (Ok-seon Lee and Il-chul Kang) to the United States Congress and the White […]

On June 22nd, 2014, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) held its 8080 Campaign and petition drive for the passage of Partner with Korea Act (HR 1812), at the New York Promise Church. In the midst of excitement caused by the World Cup match, KACE was able to get 45 signatures for the petition and 3 new voter registrations. If you wish to register to vote or participate in our [8080 Campaign], […]

  On June 2nd, 2014, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) attended the conference for Korean/Chinese Language Assistance Program hosted by the New York City Board of Elections. This conference has been held twice every year since the passage of Help America Vote Act in 2002, and serves to improve the voting process for minority groups. KACE put three items on the conference agenda. The first item addressed the difficulty that […]

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