Candidates for Walnut City Council will meet tonight for a forum to help voters decide the next election.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley, the forum starts at 7 p.m. at the Walnut Senior Center, 21201 La Puente Road.
The three candidates filed their nomination papers for the April 8 election: Council Members Mary Su and Bob Pacheco and challenger Betty Tang.
Tang, a businesswoman, is president of the Chinese-American Parents Association, founder of the World Youth Education foundation, and a board member of the Coordinating Council of the Walnut Valley Unified School District and the Chinese Association of Walnut.
Su won her first bid for the City Council in 2006, the first Asian woman to be elected in Walnut. She also was the city's first Asian woman mayor, serving in 2009 and in 2012-13. She previously served on the Walnut Parks and Recreation Commission and is the co-founder and chairwoman of the Chinese-American Parents Association, Walnut Valley Unified School District.
Pacheco, a former assemblyman served on the Walnut City Council for two years before being elected state office in 1998. He was termed out of the assembly in 2004. The attorney was appointed to the Walnut City Council in July to fill the vacant seat left when former Mayor Tom King retired.
--Melanie C. Johnson contributed to this report.