Councilmember Andrews Receives Two High Profile Endorsements in Bid for Third Term
2015-06-23 · By Editor
Congresswoman Janice Hahn and Assemblymember Mike Gipson announced their endorsements of Long Beach City Councilmember Dee Andrews today. Support from the two influential Democratic lawmakers comes less than a week after Andrews announced the endorsements of 50 community leaders and Sixth District residents. Andrews is seeking a third full-term on the Long Beach City Council.
“On the City Council, Dee Andrews has been a tireless advocate for reducing illegal dumping and improving the delivery of important city services,” said Hahn. “Dee has fought to make Long Beach city government more transparent and accessible, and I’m proud to add my name to the long list of local leaders that are endorsing his campaign for re-election as a write-in candidate.”
“Dee Andrews’s history of community involvement as a classroom teacher, community leader, and City Councilmember is unmatched,” said Gipson. “There is no one more qualified to advocate for Central Long Beach neighborhoods at City Hall, and I hope you will write-in his name so that he can continue to serve on the City Council.”
Dee Andrews was elected to the Long Beach City Council in a Special Election in 2007. He was re-elected overwhelmingly in 2008 and was unopposed in his re-election in 2012. On the Council, Andrews has focused on strengthening neighborhood safety, prioritizing funding for local infrastructure improvements, expanding after-school programs, and instituting commonsense reforms to improve the delivery of city services.
Andrews has been a resident of central Long Beach for over 60 years. He served as the first African-American Student Body President at Poly High School, where he was an All-American High School Football and Track star. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Physical Education from California State University Long Beach, and is a member of the Long Beach State and Long Beach City College Athletic Hall of Fame.
For over twenty-nine years, Andrews taught Black History and Government at Long Beach Poly and Wilson High Schools. He currently works as a substitute teacher at Cabrillo High School in the Long Beach Unified School District.
Under Long Beach’s City Charter, Councilmembers may run for a third term, but only as write-in candidates in the Primary Election. Upon advancing to the General Election, their names will appear on the ballot.