GARDEN GROVE, CA Just 2 days after announcing the endorsement of popular Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and coming on the heels of a successful campaign rollout, Garden Grove City Councilwoman Kim Bernice Nguyen today announced another major endorsement from Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine), who represents portions of Orange County and like Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva, also flipped a Republican seat to win office.
Upon endorsing Ms. Nguyen, Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris stated:
“I’m proud to endorse Kim Bernice Nguyen for Congress. Kim’s personal story, tenacity, background, and dedication to her community make her the right candidate to flip this seat and bring new leadership to Washington!”
The strong endorsements continue to pile up for Ms. Nguyen, giving her continued momentum as she builds a firm case that she is the best candidate to defeat Michelle Steel and flip CA-45 blue.
The daughter of a Vietnamese refugee and a Mexican immigrant, Kim Bernice Nguyen was the first in her family to graduate high school and college. At just 25, she won a historic election as the youngest person and first Latina ever elected to the Garden Grove City Council. A leader on women’s issues, Ms. Nguyen has stood up to harassment and sought equality and justice throughout Southern California and has fought to ensure that immigrants, like her parents, have the dignity and opportunity to succeed in our communities. A homegrown leader, Ms. Nguyen attended Clinton-Medenhall Elementary, Doig Intermediate, and Santiago High School. As a healthcare expert, she will bring a much-needed public health background to Congress, having formerly worked for CalOptima and now as a Program Manager for a large health plan.
CA-45 is one of the top pickup opportunities for Democrats in 2024. It is a Biden +6 district with a Democratic registration advantage of 5.6%. Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Latino voters are a majority of the district at 51.6% – with Vietnamese voters making up the largest block of AAPI voters at 58.4%. If elected, Ms. Nguyen would be the first person of Vietnamese descent ever elected to Congress in California and only the third in US history. She would also be the first Asian-Latina in Congress and one of a growing group of millennials seeking to make change on our most crucial issues.
For an updated list on all endorsements, click here.