Preparations Continue as ’09 Forum Approaches

The Temple City Voice and co-sponsor, JSA, continue to aggressively promote 2009 candidates’ forum.

Written by CHRIS DU  / Published October 9, 2009

With just a few weeks left, both the Temple City Voice and the Temple City High School Junior State of America (JSA) are making final preparations for the November 2009 School Board candidates’ forum.

Three candidates, including the incumbents, are running for two open seats. The candidates are Kenneth Knollenberg, Matt Smith and Joe Walker.

According to Sophia Chang, Temple City Voice Editor-in-Chief, the letters of invitations have already been sent to the candidates. Candidates were expected to respond by Friday, October 2.

In the next two weeks, the Temple City Voice will seek business sponsors for the forum. The JSA, co-sponsor of the event, has already begun asking for donations.

Citizens and students will have a chance to pose questions to the candidates about the important issues facing the Temple City Unified School District.

The last day to register to vote for the election is 15 days before the day of a particular election, or Monday, October 19.

The forum will be separated into two blocks. The first half will be a general question session, while the second will be a period when residents can ask questions and express concerns.

JSA Vice-President Taylor Evanko will be moderating.

Incumbents Matt Smith and Joe Walker are both seeking another four-year term. Walker, a crime analyst and former school board president, was first elected in 2005. Smith is the current board clerk and former school board vice-president.

Kenneth Knollenberg, who is challenging the incumbents, is the third and dark-horse candidate in the race. Knollenberg, a concerned citizen who attends school board meetings regularly, has expressed a desire to change the status quos. He previously criticized the local school board for lacking “a clear vision for the school system.”

The 2009 School Board candidates’ forum, also the third civic function the JSA and Temple City Voice have co-hosted in the past two years, will take place on October 24, 2009. The forum was originally to take place from 7 to 9 p.m., but has been changed to 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The doors will open at 4:15 p.m. in Room 601 of Temple City High School.

For more information, please contact the Temple City Voice at 626-377-2837 or


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