By Ron Cho
October 7, 2014, San Diego, CA – APAPA San Diego Chapter (APAPA-SDC) along with co-organizers Asian Business Association of San Diego, and CEPA-Net (A joint program of Southwest Center For Asian Pacific American Law and Council of Philippine American Organizations) presented a Candidates Forum for San Diego’s District 6 City Council Race at Mira Mesa High School in San Diego. Tuesday evening featured Chris Cate and Carol Kim, the two candidates of Asian Pacific Islander ethnicity who are vying for the vacant seat; due to the 2011 Redistricting, District 6's Asian Pacific American population is more than 30 percent. Besides current City Council President Mayor Todd Gloria, who is part Filipino, the last API to serve on City Council was Tom Hom in 1963. The forum touched on a myriad of city issues including local minimum wage, transient occupancy tax, and city services. Approximately 100 people were in attendance to hear the candidates express their viewpoints.
This is the final of three scheduled Candidates Forums presented by APAPA – San Diego Chapter over the past year leading up to the November 4, 2014 General Election. “APAPA – San Diego Chapter is proud to have presented these forums to the residents of District 6. We are also delighted to have collaborated with like-minded organizations such as ABA, and CEPA Net in bringing these important civic events to the communities of San Diego. Our approach is to present an open, objective and fair platform for candidates to express their views and most importantly, for residents to participate in the election process and become informed voters,” said Ron Cho, President of APAPA – San Diego Chapter.