APAPA-SD (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association – San
Diego) and CEPA Net (Civic Education & Policy Advocacy Network, a joint
project of COPAO (Council of Philippine American Organizations) and SCAPAL
(Southwest Center For Asian Pacific American Law) are hosting a
nonpartisan, educational Candidates Forum on Saturday, September 8th, from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, Parish Hall, 54th
Street and El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego. This event is free and open to
Other organizations co-hosting this event include Council For Teaching
Filipino Language & Culture, FilAmFest, House of China – Balboa Park,
Japanese American Citizens League, Kalusugan Community Services, Lao
American Coalition San Diego, National Federation of Filipino American
Associations Region 10, SDAPI Health Network, a project of Operation
Samahan, and Vietnamese Federation of San Diego.
Candidates invited to this forum are: Congressional Candidates Brian
Bilbray and Scott Peters (District 52), Susan Davis and Nick Popaditch
(District 53); State Assembly Candidates Ruben Hernandez and Brian
Maienschein (District 77), Mary England and Shirley Weber (District 79);
and San Diego Mayoral Candidates Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner.
These specific races were selected because they have a significant
percentage of API registered voters and residents and include the City of
San Diego, Poway in the north and National City and Chula Vista in the
“Our Candidates Forum on September 8th is not only to educate and inform
our API community about who is running for elected office but to motivate
and mobilize our community to participate in this electoral process.
Reaching out to all segments of our community to voice their concerns is
an important part of this process,” commented Pam Hooper, SCAPAL
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APAPA-SD, COPAO, and SCAPAL are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. CEPA
Net is a joint project of COPAO and SCAPAL to organize, educate and
mobilize the API community on nonpartisan civic education, nonpartisan
policy advocacy, and nonpartisan public service leadership.