Today, the City Clerk completed the final count of ballots from last week’s primary election.
A huge congratulations to Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews and Eighth District Councilman Al Austin, who both won reelection by receiving more than 50% of the vote, avoiding a run-off in June. Dee won as a write-in-candidate which is also unprecedented in a primary.
Councilmembers Andrews and Austin have served our city with integrity, commitment and skill for many years, and their victories are well-deserved. I'm proud to have supported both of them and I'm looking forward to serving with them in the years ahead.
We also reelected LBUSD Board Members Jon Meyers and Dr. Felton Williams, reelected Doug Otto to Long Beach City College Board of Trustees, and elected Vivian Malauulu as a City College Trustee, and I congratulate all four of them.
In the Second District race, Jeannine Pearce and Eric Gray will compete in a run-off in June after coming in first and second in Tuesday’s race. My congratulations to both.
I also want to thank all those who ran for public office, whether they won or lost, and to congratulate each and every one of them for their hard work and commitment to our community. Jessica Vargas-Alvarez, Rosi Pedersen, Erik Miller, Josephine Villaseñor, Irma Archuleta, Robert Harmon, Joen Garnica, Laurie Angel, Wesley Turnbow and Davina Keiser represented our city well and I expect they will all stay involved in the community.
It was my pleasure to speak personally to most of the candidates since the election to thank them for their service and hard work.
Running for office is tough and takes an incredible toll on candidates’ lives and those of their families. Anyone who steps up in this way to serve the public deserves our respect and gratitude.
My thanks to all the candidates!
I also want to thank our City Clerk, Maria Garcia, and her excellent staff for their hard work during the election.
Now that the primary election is over, I know everyone will continue to work together for the best interests of our city.