JSA, TCV Host Candidates’ Forum

All the candidates running for School Board show up for organizations’ third forum.

Written by CHRISTINE KEUNG and CHRIS DU / Published October 30, 2009

The Temple City Voice and the Temple City High School Junior State of America (JSA) co-hosted a school board candidates’ forum, exposing youth, parents and citizens to the contenders of the November school board election.

The 2009 School Board Candidates’ Forum was held on Saturday, October 24 at Temple City High School.

Several dignitaries were present including Temple City mayor Fernando Vizcarra, councilman Tom Chavez, councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist. School Board President Robert Ridley and Vice-President Rachel LaSota also attended.

The three candidates, Kenneth Knollenberg, Matt Smith and Joe Walker are running for two spots on the school board.

“TCV and JSA wanted to give voters a chance to ask questions to the candidates,” said JSA Co-President Jacky Chan. “The forum is meant to be a tool to help residents make this decision.”

The forum began with introductions from Temple City Voice editor-in-chief Sophia Chang and JSA co-presidents Jacky Chan and Christine Keung. Each candidate was then given five minutes to introduce himself and speak on his platform.

Taylor Evanko, the vice-president of JSA, moderated the forum.

He posed questions covering specific projects such as what each candidate would do if elected, as well as the candidates’ priorities on what they want to accomplish. All candidates mentioned the data collector system and the renovation of Oak Avenue Intermediate School gym.

Following a brief intermission, the forum continued with audience-submitted questions. Knollenberg, Smith and Walker answered questions dealing with the need for special education, the superintendent’s recent contract renewal, parental involvement and fundraising.

“Despite the differences in their responses, the three candidates really showed that they wanted to improve the Temple City Unified School District,” Chan said. “I believe that all of them can make a positive difference on the School Board.”

Chan and Keung concluded the event by giving thanks to those who sponsored the candidates’ forum and presenting the candidates with JSA mugs.

A video recording of the entire forum can be viewed on the Temple City Chamber of Commerce website.


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