Harry Kim (politician)

Harry Kim (politician)

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Harry Kim is the mayor of Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Hawaii County is also known as the Big Island. He was elected in 2000. [ [http://www.asianweek.com/2000_12_15/news5_bigislandmayor.html AsianWeek.com: National News: Korean American Sworn in as Big Island Mayor ] ]

Kim grew up in Keaau (also known by its older name of Ola'a). He attended Ola'a School and Hilo High School. He then attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Southern Oregon University. He served in the United States Army as a medic and was a teacher and coach. Kim was best known for his longtime position as County Director of Civil Defense, a relatively high-profile position which, with his frequent trademark radio broadcasts, gave him broad name recognition as the "Voice of Doom".

After sixteen years as Civil Defense Director, Kim ran for Mayor. The 2000 campaign was noted (like Kim himself) for its humility, refusing to accept any donation over $10, and printing bumper stickers reading "Applicant for Mayor".

To run in the election he was required to choose a political party and opted to run as a Republican. Also on the ballot that year was a provision rendering future Hawaii County political races non-partisan. The initiative passed, and Kim has since disavowed his connection to the Republicans.

After defeating Republican Harvey Tajiri in the primary, Kim won the general election, receiving 50% of the vote. His opponents, Democrat Fred Holschuh and former Green Party county councilwoman Keiko Bonk received 30 and 20 percent, respectively.

In 2004, Kim ran for a second term, easily defeating a plethora of candidates including Dominic Yagong and "cannabis sacrament" minister Roger Christie.

During his time in office, Kim has advocated, among other initiatives, recycling projects and the creation of a new County office complex in the place of the defunct Kaiko'o Mall.

In July 2005 Kim announced he was considering running for governor as a Democrat. [ [http://starbulletin.com/2005/07/08/news/story3.html Honolulu Star-Bulletin News /2005/07/08/ ] ] On July 22 2006, shortly before the filing deadline, he took his name out of consideration. [ [http://starbulletin.com/2006/07/22/news/story02.html starbulletin.com | News | /2006/07/22/ ] ]

External links

* [http://www.hawaii-county.com/mayor/mayors01.htm Official website]
* [http://www.arirangeducation.com/ Video interview with Harry Kim]
* [http://www.honolulumagazine.com/articles.aspx?id=4445&q=&m=11&y=2006&bid=1 "Where I'm From", HONOLULU Magazine ~ November 2006]


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