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Whittier voters invited to hear from City Council candidates

WHITTIER – Residents will have opportunities to learn about local candidates for public office ahead of the March 3 presidential primary election.

The Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for city council and mayoral candidates Wednesday, Jan. 22, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Whittier Community Center. All candidates have been invited to participate.

Sustainable City has scheduled a pair of issue-specific forums: Jan. 25 from 2-4 p.m. at the Whittier Community Center, where the focus will be on climate and the environment; and Feb. 1 from 12-3 p.m. at First Christian Church, where candidates will speak on housing and homelessness.

Meanwhile, the League of Women Voters will hold a pair of forums next month.

The City Council last week signed on as an official co-sponsor, agreeing to provide use of council chambers and staffing so the forums can be broadcast on local cable television.

A forum for candidates of the 57th Assembly District will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 7-9 p.m. These candidates are looking to replace Ian Calderon, who chose not to seek re-election.

Eight Democrats are vying for the seat (Josué Alvarado, Lisa Calderon, Primo Castro, Gary Mendez, Sylvia Rubio, Dora Sandoval, Vanessa Tyson and Oscar Valladares) along with one Republican (Jessica Martinez).

The forum for Whittier mayoral and city council candidates is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10, from 7-9:45 p.m.

In the mayoral race, incumbent Joe Vinatieri is being challenged by four candidates: Louis Reyes, Rolando Cano, I.L. Leon Savage, and Christine Singer-Luna.

In District 3, incumbent Cathy Warner faces a trio of challengers: Yasmin Ferrada, Alex Moisa and Lucian Petrusan.

The District 1 seat is open after current councilman Josué Alvarado opted to run for Assembly. Candidates for District 1 are Andrew Roble, Jessica Martinez and Magdalena Barragnon Moe.

Whittier voters will also decide Measure W, a three-quarter cent increase to the local sales tax.

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