JSA, the Voice Prepare for Weekend Forum

Temple City residents will get a chance tomorrow to listen to what the candidates have to say at a forum being co-sponsored by two civic organizations, the Junior State of America (JSA) and the Temple City Voice.

The forum is stated to take place at the Civic Community Center at City Hall on January 31, 2009. The doors for the special event will open around 6:45 to the general public. It will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

“The City Council candidates’ forum will give them [Temple City residents] an opportunity to pose questions concerning the issues they want the candidates to address” comments Matthew Wong, founder of the Temple City Voice.

There are six candidates running for two positions on the City Council. It appears that the six, incumbents Ken Gillanders and Cathé Wilson, Planning commissioner Vincent Yu, Parks and Recreation commissioner Edward Thomas Chavez, former City Councilman Chuck Souder, and Silenus Ong will attend.

JSA Vice-President Jason Wu says, “[The forum] will be an excellent opportunity for the community to engage our future city officials.”

Both the JSA and the Temple City Voice hope to have a successful event that will encourage neighbors to recognize the importance of city affairs.

In September 2007, both organizations held their first candidates’ forum for those running for the School Board.

“The staff has worked strenuously to bring forth this forum,” adds Wong, “I truly hope we will have a strong attendance tomorrow evening.”

The City Council election is scheduled for March 3, 2009.

City Clerk Mary Flandrick has indicated that vote-by-mail ballots, formerly known as absentee ballots, will be available next Monday, February 2. The last day to register for the election is February 16, 2009.


This article was written by Melanie Thi. It was published in the Temple City Voice on January 30, 2009.


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