Walnut City Council Candidate Betty Tang Kicks Off Campaign with Local Support

Betty Tang said although she faces candidates with ties to Sacramento and Washington D.C., she does not feel daunted in her bid for Walnut City Council because of her connection to the local community.

Flanked by family, members of community organizations, and local political leaders, the businesswoman and president of Walnut High School's Chinese American Parents Association kicked off her campaign Wednesday at Applebees.

Tang is vying for one of two seats in the April 8 election, running against Council Members Mary Su and Bob Pacheco.

She said the council needs someone with new ideas and called for term limits for those who serve, more open government, and continued work with local schools.

"I love Walnut," she said. "I understand Walnut and I know what Walnut needs. I have the knowledge and I can get the tasks accomplished, but I need your help."

After her speech, Tang said if elected, she plans to focus on the city budget, traffic, safety, and working closer with the schools.

"We need to build a future for the kids," she said.

Known by supporters as a leader who prefers to stay out of the spotlight, Tang said she is ready step out front now.

"I am just focused on my campaign," she said. "I will do the right thing for this community. I just want to contribute to this city."

Besides serving as a three-term president of Walnut High's Chinese American Parents Association, Tang is also the 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 American Association of Walnut, according to her biography.

Several local political leaders and activists spoke in support of Tang, including Walnut City Councilman Eric Ching.

Ching said he sees Tang as someone who, like him, wants to focus on local issues.  He added that Tang is there for the community when there is a problem and help is needed.

"What we need to do is do our job first, to stick to the local and listen to our citizens," Ching said.  "Do your job first before you go out there in the pictures and to different events. I think that's what Betty would do."

Tang also has earned the support of Diamond Bar City Councilwoman Ling-Ling Chang, who urged attendees to work hard to get the candidate elected.

Chang, who also is running for state Assembly, said before deciding to endorse Tang, the two talked for hours about her involvement in the community.

"She has that well-rounded background to lead the city," Chang said. "I am very very very proud that she decided to step forward and run for city council. She is the right person to be on the city council."

Also at the event in support of Tang was Howard Wang, who previously ran for council and serves on the board of the Chinese American Association of Walnut.
Wang said he was not representing the group in his support of Tang.

He said he has worked with her through the Chinese American Parents Association at Walnut High and lauded her dedication and enthusiasm for serving the community.

"Not only will she work hard to resolve situations and issues for the city, but also she is an ethical person and I think that's critical," he said.  "Betty is a hard worker and she deals with local issues."

Ben Su, past president of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and president of the Walnut Rotary Club, recalled urging Tang to run and how happy he was when she told him she decided to go forward.

"(She's) somebody that you can trust, is very dedicated, very hardworking and really cares about the community, a very good listener and really one to take issues to heart," Su said. "That is what Betty is all about."

Walnut Walker January 16, 2014 at 02:16 PM
I hope Betty Tang reaches out to all residents in Walnut, not just the Wang supporters and not turn into another red light camera argument. There are some bigger issues looming, and I am watching to see if she targets them. No, I won't broadcast them yet. To her credit, having the stadium supporter DB's Ling Ling there shows some intent to do that. But Ling Ling got burned by most of the local politicians who openly favor Phil Chen for Assembly. Bob Huff's friend Ling Ling has to get support from somewhere. Fancy red shoes and a twitter feed do not make an assemblywoman. Politics is strange. Sometimes an enemy becomes the next years best friend.
Concerned Parent January 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM
It would be nice to know from Mr.WW what the other issues are. I believe our city is one of the best in CA, but am worried about sheriff's people blackmailing our city council and taking away our freedoms with red light cameras, speed reduction to collect more $$, etc. I also hate corruption, which we have plenty of at the top level in DC, IMO.
Too Shy March 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Aside from fundraising, can someone list her accomplishments?
Too Shy March 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM
That involved everyone and not just one group?
libby tecson March 13, 2014 at 03:59 PM
She has the spirit of volunteerism and a great fundraiser. That shows people trusted her more, even for their money.
Too Shy March 13, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Accomplishments? Experience? Anyone?
good dog March 20, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Citizen Walnut March 21, 2014 at 04:18 PM
The Confucius Chinese Language School is organized as a 170(b)(1)(a)(ii) tax-exempt charitable organization. Their illegal $500 donation can be found on page 10 of the filing. The Diamond Youth Symphony Orchestra is organized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Betty Tang is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Diamond Youth Symphony Orchestra, as she states on her campaign literature. Their illegal $1,000 donation can be found on page 11 of the filing. http://www.ci.walnut.ca.us/upload/460-022714-TANG.PDF
Citizen Walnut March 21, 2014 at 04:26 PM
No experience on any city commission, everything she has experience with is in education, from a boosters perspective. When you have crime, traffic, planning, parks, state law compliance, the economy, employee contracts, fighting with the state to keep city's money, etc... to deal with do you want more than one inexperienced councilpersons learning on the job? Or would you rather have someone who does not has a steep learning curve? Especially when as a member of a charitable group's Board of Directors one candidate does not seem to know that for that charitable group to make a campaign donation could yield that group a fine and revocation of their tax exempt status. Or is she so corrupt she does not care?
Citizen Walnut March 21, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Phillip Chen has announced that he has only endorsed Bob Pacheco and Mary Su and no other candidates, yet Betty Tang continues to use his name on her literature. Why, especially when his campaign manager has insisted that Phillip has called her campaign to remove his name from her literature?
Too Shy March 23, 2014 at 02:19 AM
Thank you for your comments. These will help me make a better decision. Experience and accomplishments do matter. Maybe I can have Betty Tang help my daughter sell some girl scout cookies.
Gernot Edmondo March 23, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Betty Tang is a no-show. She skipped the City Council candidates forum to attend her own town hall meeting. Someone who is running for public office needs to be available for questions from the public. Not showing up sends a message that she is not prepared to take questions from the public
good dog March 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM
The Betty Tang supporters on my street removed their Betty Tang campaign lawn signs today.
Too Shy March 25, 2014 at 01:23 PM
On this article, Betty Tang said, "Chinese Americans need their own spokesperson …”. “If I win the campaign, I would have a better opportunity to make a stronger voice to safeguard our rights." I prefer a candidate that represents everyone. http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2014-03/24/content_17373527.htm
Too Shy March 25, 2014 at 02:48 PM
I remember her now. Betty Tang is the President of the CAPA. A few years ago, I received an e-mail from WHS about the CAPA College Admissions seminar at the Walnut Senior Center. They had speakers from some colleges. When it came to the financing part, the speaker spoke only in Mandarin or Cantonese even though there were non-Chinese people in attendance. Betty Tang or someone could have provided translation.
Too Shy March 25, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Neutrality. Public officials shall provide service to everyone.
Too Shy March 26, 2014 at 02:55 AM
We need people that promote harmony. We all lose if Betty Tang gets in.
good dog March 26, 2014 at 05:02 PM


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