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Political News Briefs

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 1
1/10/2014




A Fifth District Candidates Forum, will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m. at El Dorado Park West Senior Center, 2800 Studebaker Rd. Attending candidates include Carl Kemp, Stacy Mungo, Tom Sutfin and Joe Luyben. Forum moderators will be Marilyn James and Dan Flynn. Questions may be submitted prior to this event by emailing Grace Earl at ge720@aol.com. Written questions may also be submitted at the time of the event.

Vice Mayor Robert Garcia announced the endorsement for Mayor of Long Beach from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 65,000 union carpenters in six states. The local chapters are the Carpenters Union, Local 630 located in Long Beach, and the Pile Drivers, Local 2375. They join Laborers Local 507, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, State Senator Ricardo Lara, Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal, School Board President John McGinnis and other community members in supporting Robert Garcia for Mayor.

Mayoral Candidate Damon Dunn has been endorsed by Jerry Miller, former Long Beach city manager. “Over the course of the last two years, I have gotten to know Damon Dunn, a young and intelligent leader who is seeking the support of the community in his bid to become the next Mayor of Long Beach. Damon has impressed me with his compelling life story, excellent academic credentials, and incredible success as a businessman and entrepreneur. Moreover, Damon has a passion for Long Beach and has committed himself to serving the community, both now and in the future,” Miller said.

Carl Kemp, 5th District candidate for Long Beach City Council, has received the endorsements of the Long Beach Police Officers Association (LBPOA) and the Long Beach Firefighters Association (LBFF) Local 372. “I’m honored to be receiving the endorsements of the brave men and women who serve our community as police officers and firefighters,” said Kemp. “They put their lives on the line each day to keep us safe, and that’s not something I take lightly.” Kemp has also received the endorsements of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11, former Long Beach Police Chiefs Robert Luman and Anthony Batts, as well as Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy.

California State Controller John Chiang and 27 local elected officials have announced their endorsement of James Johnson for Long Beach City Attorney. The State Controller is the chief fiscal officer for California, and is entrusted to ensure that the State’s $100 billion budget is spent properly. The local elected officials come from throughout Southern California, and include the president of the Southern California Association of Governments and the president of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. These officials are in addition to the many Long Beach elected officials, such as Congressmembers Hahn and Lowenthal, Senator Lara, and all five members of the Long Beach Unified School Board, that have already endorsed Johnson.