by Andy Tran | Chief Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
▲ Young Sung(center) with his wife Susan Sung(second from left) and his supporters at a poll results watch party.
Young Sung made a history last Saturday, May 6th by becoming the first ever Korean-American to be elected as a city councilman in Texas.
He beat his opponent Cynthia Northrop by 4,113 to 2,613 votes in the 2017 City and School Board Joint Elections.
Young Sung had previously run twice for the Carrollton city councilman, both of which were unsuccessful. During his February fundraising event at the Breakers BBQ in Carrollton, Young Sung expressed his resolve to win by shouting “Third Time is the Charm”.
Well, he couldn’t have been more right. After three tries, Young Sung became the first ever Korean-American city councilman in Texas.
Though he strives to be a councilman for all citizens of Carrollton, his seat will certainly be representing a growing segment of Asian-American residents and businesses in Carrollton.
Young Sung’s victory was pretty much predicted after the early voting, where he gathered 2,541 votes. Although it won’t be official until the City Council’s approval, Young Sung gathered 61.15% of the votes, totaling 4,113 votes. His opponent, Cynthia Northrop, ended up with 2,613 total votes (38.85%). That’s 6,726 total votes, which is unheard of in a local election for a city the size of Carrollton.
During his campaign, Young Sung paved his path for the victory by securing endorsements from the Carrollton Police Officers Association, Carrollton Firefighters Association, and MetroTex Association of Realtors. Young Sung himself is a realtor.
While there could be many factors that contributed to the election results, Cynthia Northrop’s mail-out message certainly didn’t help win the votes from the realtors’ community. According to Alexandra Fincher, who is Young Sung’s campaign manager, Cynthia Northrop claimed that “she is a Stateswoman, not a salesman”, which is certainly disrespectful for realtors.
One official from Young Sung’s campaign attributed the victory to two previous campaigns, where Young Sung’s name became familiar with the conservative, mainstream voters of Carrollton.
Young Sung is expected to hold a press conference in the near future to talk about his long and hard-fought journey to Carrollton City Council.