AAPI Run: Helen Gym, Philadelphia City Council Member

Once again, a record number of Asian Americans and a growing number of Pacific Islanders are running for public office at the local, state, and national level.

Every week, Reappropriate will profile progressive AAPI candidates for higher office, as well as officials serving in public office. Check back at Reappropriate throughout 2020 to learn more about these candidates and find out how you can get more involved in their campaigns.


What is your full name?
Helen Hae-Liun Gym

What office are you seeking and/or what office do you currently hold?
I was seated in 2016 as an at-large member of Philadelphia’s City Council and the first Asian American woman on Council. I was re-elected to my position in 2019 with the largest margin of victory in three decades.

When is the election date and/or when is the end of your term?
I serve a four year term which concludes Dec. 31, 2023.

What is your party registration (if any)?
Democrat

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