Long Beach 2014 Election

Long Beach 2014 Election Blog

  • Sticking to the Subject: Mayor Robert Garcia on Poverty

    If you heard 36-year-old Robert Garcia speak multiple times as he trod the Long Beach campaign trail on his way to become the youngest mayor in Long Beach history, you couldn’t help noticing that just about every speech he gave—no matter the topic, no matter the audience—closed on the same note. His inauguration speech last … Read more…

  • Long Beach Gets New Mayor, City Council

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
    On July 15, Long Beach swore in its youngest, first openly gay and first Latino mayor, during mayoral inauguration ceremony at the Terrace Theatre.
    “As mayor I want our lead our city into the future,” said Mayor Robert García, 36, who was sworn in at the ceremony. “I want us to embrace … Read more…

  • Advice to Long Beach Leaders from Those Who Preceded Them

    Institutional memory is hard to come by in Long Beach government. With the mayor and nine city councilmembers termed out after eight years in office, the greatest possible stability would be seeing the same 10 faces behind the dais for six years running. And when change inevitably comes, it can be sweeping.
    No year better epitomizes … Read more…

  • Garcia Gets on the Path to City Hall

    Vice Mayor Robert Garcia is tantalizingly close to becoming the first Latino and openly gay mayor, as well as the youngest in Long Beach history.
    García, 36, garnered 11,873 votes in the April 8 Long Beach primary election, among 10 candidates with 25.24 percent of the vote.
    Were the electorate not split between the high number of … Read more…

  • Long Beach Preliminary Election Results:

    Garcia, Dunn to Face Off for Long Beach
    Vice Mayor Robert Garcia is leading in his goal to be mayor of Long Beach.
    Garcia, who garnered 9,670 votes in the April Long Beach primary election came out on top among 10 candidates for mayor with 25.39 percent of the vote.
    “I love Long Beach and I feel like … Read more…

  • Otto Runs on Plan, Vision

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
    Lawyer Doug Otto does not consider himself a politician, though he’s been involved in city government for about 30 years.
    While he has a stronghold within the District 3, where he lives, he believes that he can bring people together more collaboratively as a mayor to develop a new vision for the … Read more…

  • Mayoral Election Fronts Dynasty versus Golden Boy

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
    At a recent mayoral forum, District 5 Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, who is running for mayor, quipped about her campaign strategy.
    “Actually, I have two secret weapons: One, I’m No. 1 on the ballot and two, I’m changing my name to Gerrie Schipske-Lowenthal,” she said, nonchalantly. “Someone asked the other day… how I … Read more…

  • Environment Advocate Seeks LB Council District 7 Seat

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
    For more than 25 years Joan Greenwood and her late husband, John Gailey, have embraced the Long Beach community as their own.
    Now, Greenwood is looking to leave her mark by running to represent the city’s Council District 7.
    “I have been inspired to run for the 7th District council office based on … Read more…

  • Gloves Are Off in Three-Way Electoral Combat for Long Beach City Attorney

    With Long Beach’s acting city attorney trying to stave off challenges from a sitting city councilmember and an attorney who has filed over a dozen lawsuits against the city, the LBC has never seen such a hotly contested race to head the city’s legal department. And as Election Day draws nigh, neither challenger is pulling … Read more…

  • Long Beach’s Proposed Medpot Tax: Legitimate Revenue or Mere Money-Grab?

    Long Beach’s history with medical marijuana has been, to put it mildly, inconsistent. In 2009 the City had an official “wait-and-see” attitude, tolerating the operation of over 50 medpot dispensaries. In 2010 the city council passed an ordinance officially sanctioning them, albeit at exorbitant cost and restrictions many regarded as overbearing. In 2012 the council … Read more…

 

Candidates

Mayor
Gerrie Schipske
Jana Shields
Steven Paul Mozena
Doug Otto
Bonnie Lowenthal
Richard Anthony Camp
Damon Dunn
Mineo L. Gonzalez
Robert Garcia
Eric Rock
 
City Attorney
James Johnson
Matthew Pappas
Charles Parkin
 
City Prosecutor
Rosemary Chavez
Doug Haubert
 
City Auditor
Laura Doud
 
City Council District 1
Ricardo Linarez
Misi Tagaloa
Lena Gonzalez
Pilar Pinel
 
City Council District 3
Jim Lewis
Martha Flores Gibson
Suzie Price
Jack Rosenberg
Stephen Bello
 
City Council District 5
Thomas Sutfin
Stacy Mungo
Joseph D. Luyben
Carl Kemp
 
City Council District 7
Roberto Uranga
Teer Strickland
Lee H. Chauser
Joan V. Greenwood
 
City Council District 9
Ben Daugherty
Rex Richardson

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