Eric Gray Receives Support From Long Beach Democratic Clubs

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Eric Gray, candidate for the Long Beach City Council’s 2nd District.

Eric Gray, candidate for the Long Beach City Council’s 2nd District.

Long Beach City Council 2nd District candidate Eric Gray announced he has received the most local support from the Democratic clubs of Long Beach than any other candidate in the 2nd District race.

Out of the 185 votes casted collectively by the Long Beach Democratic Club, the Democratic Women’s Study Club of Long Beach, and the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club, Eric Gray received the highest amount of votes with 90 total. Jeannine Pearce followed second with 79 votes total. No Democratic club will be making an endorsement in the Primary Election since neither Eric Gray nor any other candidate met the full 60% threshold required by the clubs.

“All this being said, this is a non-partisan race and I am honored to have support from members of the Long Beach community across the political spectrum,” said Eric. “As a lifelong Democrat and longtime community volunteer, I have tried to live up to the lessons passed down to us by President Kennedy, to ask what I can do for my community, not what my community can do for me. I’ve been on the frontlines for improving our neighborhoods with volunteer members of our community, and the progress we’ve achieved together has been remarkable. I’m ready to continue a legacy of service with my community, and I’m optimistic about the future of Long Beach.”

Eric Gray is a Long Beach community leader, small business owner, and longtime resident of the 2nd Council District. As an active neighborhood volunteer, he currently serves as President of the Downtown Residential Council and co-founded the Historic Pine Avenue (HOPA) Business Association that helped spark the rebirth of Historic Pine Avenue. He also helped co-found the Music Council and Culinary Long Beach. Eric is a Friends of Bixby Park board member and belongs to both the Long Beach and Long Beach Lambda Democratic Clubs. A passionate and committed volunteer, he is an alumnus of Leadership Long Beach.

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2 Responses to “Eric Gray Receives Support From Long Beach Democratic Clubs”
  1. Eric Gray says:

    Although we received the highest amount of votes with 90 total between the three Democratic Clubs, I want to be clear that our Press Release stated “No Democratic club will be making an endorsement in the Primary Election since neither Eric Gray nor any other candidate met the full 60% threshold required by the clubs.”

  2. Christopher Robson says:

    The Second District City Council race in Long Beach is heating up as the election approaches and some candidates are starting to spread inaccuracies and falsehoods. One such candidate, Eric Gray, has made the following false claim in a recent press release posted on his campaign Facebook site:

    “Long Beach City Council 2nd District candidate Eric Gray announced he has received the most local support from the Democratic clubs of Long Beach than any other candidate in the 2nd District race.”

    Instead of correcting this false claim, he has simply deleted my comments requesting he correct the record. While he continues to delete my comments that refute his false claims, the fact remains that he DOES NOT have the support of ANY of the six Chartered Long Beach Democratic Clubs or, for that matter, the California Democratic Party.

    His repeated posting to the contrary is not only offensive and dishonest; the counts he’s published do not include the members of the YES WE CAN Democratic Club of which I am current president, which voted unanimously, 22 to 0, to endorse Jeannine Pearce for City Council in District 2 on February 4, 2016. Inclusion of these Democrats would refute his desperate, inaccurate and irrelevant claim of receiving the most local support for the Democratic clubs of Long Beach.

    Jeannine Pearce has been a member of the YES WE CAN Democratic Club since our founding in early 2009. We’ve canvassed together, won campaigns together, and helped move Long Beach in the right direction TOGETHER. Her commitment to Democratic values is unquestioned and her courage in acting upon them is unparalleled. Jeannine has always been there, that’s why we unanimously endorsed her for City Council. Jeannine Pearce is the leader we need on the City Council to move Long Beach forward for ALL of us.

    Club records show that Eric Gray attended one YES WE CAN Meeting in 2010, but has never been back since.

    Yesterday, Monday, February 22, I called on Mr. Gray – in both a Facebook post and by Facebook Message – to immediately recant his deliberately misleading and false claims. Regardless of numbers of votes received the fact remains he has NOT been endorsed by ANY of the Chartered Democratic Clubs in Long Beach, Cerritos, the AD 70 Regional Caucus, and the Los Angeles Democratic Party Central Committee or by the California Democratic Party.

    His refusal to respond to repeated requests to correct the record and apologize for his false claims illustrates how unfit he is to represent the residents of the Second District. If he cannot be honest about vote totals and endorsements, how can we trust him to honest when he votes on the City Council? It is shameful that a candidate cannot admit when he’s made a mistake. To err is human – to cover up and ignore a falsehood is dishonest.

    It is Eric Gray’s ethical duty to retract his offensive, untruthful, assertions and claims.

    Sincerely,
    Christopher P. Robson

    President
    YES WE CAN Democratic Club

    Elected AD 70 Member
    LA County Democratic Party Central Committee​