Time is running out for candidates seeking elected offices in the upcoming Long Beach nominating election that takes place on April 8.
Potential candidates have until 5pm on Friday, Jan. 10 to file paperwork, officially confirming their candidacies. Non-incumbents have a five-day extension to file, and the Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution to designate the ballot order of candidates on Jan. 28. The filing period for write-in candidates is from Feb. 10 to March 25.
After the candidate-nomination period began on Dec. 16, a number of new mayoral candidates received papers. According to the City’s election web page, there are now 12 potential candidates for mayor.
Those candidates include Bonnie Lowenthal, Damon Dunn, Doug Otto, E.B. Gendel, Gerrie Schipske, Jana Shields, Kareem Muhammad, Richard Camp, Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, Steven Mozena, Jose Rodriguez and Mineo L. Gonzalez.
As of Thursday, Jan. 2, however, only two mayoral candidates, Dunn and Shields, have officially filed nomination papers.
Other elected offices up for grabs are five City Council seats (Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9), as well as the offices of city auditor, city attorney and city prosecutor. In addition, there are seats available on both the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education (Districts 1, 3 and 5) and the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees (Areas 1, 3 and 5).
To be eligible to hold an elected office in Long Beach, a person must be a legally registered voter and resident of the city at least 30 days immediately preceding the last day (Jan. 10, 2014) upon which candidates are permitted to file nominating petitions for office with the City Clerk.
It is unclear who will officially file nominating papers before the upcoming deadline, however at least one candidate has dropped out. Larry King, who had announced his intention to run for Council District 7 last year, said in a statement to the Signal Tribune that he is no longer running and has endorsed candidate Roberto Uranga.
According to the City’s web page, a runoff election will be held on June 3, coinciding with the Statewide Direct Primary Election.
During the statewide primary, one office up for grabs is the 70th Assembly District, which covers Long Beach, Signal Hill, Catalina Island and San Pedro. So far, potential candidates running for the Assembly seat are Patrick O’Donnell, Ed Wilson, Peter Mathews and John Goya. Tonia Reyes-Uranga announced in December that she has dropped out of the race.