Former Mayor Bob Foster Endorses Eric Gray for 2nd District Council Seat
2016-01-27 · By Editor
Eric Gray, candidate for the Long Beach City Council’s 2nd District, announced that he has received the endorsement of former Mayor Bob Foster.
“Eric Gray is a capable leader for Long Beach’s 2nd District,” said Mayor Foster. “He has been a dedicated community advocate for years, writing grants for neighborhood projects, finding businesses to fill empty storefronts, and making the atmosphere of the community more vibrant. I am proud to support him for City Council.”
Bob Foster served as Mayor of Long Beach from 2006 until 2014. His legacy includes a sharp reduction in crime, balancing the city budget, working with public employee unions rather than against them to address pensions, and leading Long Beach out of the Great Recession. Prior to his service as Mayor he was President of Southern California Edison from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the California State University Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2006.
“I am honored to have the trust and support of Mayor Bob Foster,” said Gray. “His service to our city was invaluable. He led us through both the toughest financial times during the Great Recession and through a remarkable transition as a city, and we came out stronger thanks to his leadership. The fiscal responsibility and pragmatic leadership that he brought to the job are what I plan to bring as Councilman for the 2nd District.”
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 Long Beach 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.