9 candidates will answer questions in forum tonight

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In anticipation of the Long Beach City Council elections on April 13, the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community is sponsoring a candidates’ forum that will allow candidates to answer questions and speak directly with constituents about the issues that concern the community.

Nine candidates, including incumbents, are scheduled to attend. Confirmed candidates are: Jana Shields, Dist. 1; Tom Marchese, Dist. 3; Gerrie Schipske, Dist. 5; Jack Smith, James Johnson, Tonia Reyes and Jim Hill, Dist. 7; and Steve Neal and Dan Pressberg, Dist. 9.

The Coalition says, “After talking to over 300 residents about what is most impacting their lives in Long Beach, we now ask Candidates how they plan to make real CHANGE around these same issues of good jobs, quality air, crime, housing, etc.”  They want the candidates to answer questions about these issues.

The Candidates Forum will take place tonight, February 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood United Methodist Church, 507 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802.

The public is invited to attend. Transportation and child care will be provided upon request. Simultaneous translation and refreshments will be provided.

The Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community is a community organization which advocates for a fair and sustainable economy that works for every Long Beach family. The forum is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, Housing Long Beach, the Women’s Democratic Study Club, the Immigrant Rights Coalition and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.

For more information, contact Jeanine Pearce at (562) 396-4552 or visit the group’s event page on Facebook.

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