14. April 2012 19:05
On April 12, 2012, APAPA-BAC hosted a successful town hall meeting in Oakland featuring the candidates of California Assembly District 18.
All three candidates running for State Assembly District 18 -- Mr. Rob Bonta, Mr. Abel Gullen, and Mr. Joel Young --were present to advocate their candidacy.
After dinner, the candidates debated. The debate focused on the state budget, education, taxation, public employee's pension and each candidate's expertise as well as their qualifications to represent the district.
The meeting was also sponsored by the National Federation of Filipino American Association, the Chinese American Political Association and the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay. Many leaders of the Filipino community attended the event.
About 85 community members from District 8 attended the meeting at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior where the event was held. Community members left the meeting with a better understanding of each candidate and where each stands on important issues in the district.