Hmong community to sponsor education forum for voters

The Hmong Community of Sacramento will hold its first Voters’ Education Forum on Saturday at the Sheriff’s Community Room, 7000 65th St., Sacramento.

Several candidates from area state senate, assembly, city council and district attorney races are scheduled to attend the forum, planned from 10 a.m. to noon.

“The Hmong community in the Greater Sacramento Area is at an important crossroad,” said Lance Fang, president of the Hmong Community of Sacramento, an umbrella group of community leaders and business people. “Our community must learn how to get engaged and involved to ensure that we have a voice.

“Forty years after they began arriving in Sacramento, the Hmong are still struggling with poverty and access to education and health care. The drop-out rate is still a challenge, and some of our seniors need to be pointed in the right direction when it comes to Covered California. This is the first time Hmong community leaders and business people have come together for a non-partisan political event.”

Fang said the confirmed candidates include Roger Dickinson and Richard Pan running for Senate District 6; Steve Cohn and Mark Johannessen running for Assembly District 7; Jim Cooper, Darrell R. Fong, Diana Rodriguez-Suruki and Manuel J. Martin running for Assembly District 9; Julius Cherry and Rick Jennings running for Assembly District 7; Elk Grove City Council District 4 candidate Nancy Chaires and District Attorney candidate Maggy Krell and a representative for Ann Marie Schuber.

For more information, call Lance Fang at (510) 393-6208 or email lance_fang@yahoo.com.