Long Beach Election Results: District 7 moves to run-off; One newcomer prepares for City Hall
2010-04-14 · By Editor
Long Beach residents cast 34,976 ballots in yesterday’s election. In a city where nearly half the population is registered to vote, 14.7% of registered voters chose the leaders. Long Beach election results streamed live over the city’s website throughout the night. Still marked as “unofficial,” these results are accurate as of 3:39 a.m.
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster was the first to give an acceptance speech last night when it became clear that opponent Steve Merino would not get enough votes pose a challenge. The 21-year-old mayoral candidate was definitely a long shot, but managed to capture 16.2% of the ballots garnering 5,057 votes to Bob Foster’s 26,175.
The only election heading towards a run-off is the 7th District Council seat. With votes cast for 5 candidates—Jill Hill, Jack C. Smith, James Johnson and write-in candidates Fernando Bernabe and Tonia Reyes-Uranga—only two will move on the next round. Since no candidate was able to earn more than 50% of the votes, incumbent Tonia Reyes-Uranga will face off with James Johnson at a run-off election in June.
(The election results for Council Districts 1, 3, 5 and 9 are expressed as percentages. For actual number of ballots cast, see the table at the end of this article.)
Many residents wondered whether the District 9 race would also end with a run-off election. Four candidates started the race, including Dan Pressburg who dropped out last month but still received 5.9% of the votes. Of the three candidates left, Steven Neal emerged victorious with 52.3% of the North Long Beach electorate choosing him over two-term incumbent Val Lerch. Lerch received 26.1% of the votes as a write-in candidate. Brad Shore received 15.7%.
The Council elections for Districts 1, 3, and 5 were all taken by the incumbents.
With 70% of the ballots, Robert Garcia kept the 1st District from passing over to Jana Shields.
Gary Delong easily won the 3rd District with 62.2% of the votes. Tom Marchese grabbed 20.1% and Terry Jensen had 17.4%.
Gerrie Schipske will remain in the 5th District Council seat with 63.9% of ballots in her favor against challenger Mike Hedges.
City Auditor Laura Doud, who ran unopposed, will continue in her post.
For the election results of the Long Beach Community College District and the LBUSD Board, see the table below.
Long Beach Election Results
|STEVIE DANIELLE MERINO||5,057||16.2%|
|City Attorney||Vote Count||Percentage|
|City Auditor||Vote Count||Percentage|
|City Prosecutor||Vote Count||Percentage|
|Council Member, District 1||Vote Count||Percentage|
|Council Member, District 3||Vote Count||Percentage|
|TERRY G. JENSEN||1,309||17.4%|
|Council Member, District 5||Vote Count||Percentage|
|Council Member, District 7||Vote Count||Percentage|
|JACK C. SMITH||281||6.0%|
|Council Member, District 9||Vote Count||Percentage|
|LBCC District Governing Board, Trustee Area 1||Vote Count||Percentage|
|JEFFREY A. KELLOGG||3,103||51.6%|
|LUUKIA A. SMITH||1,693||28.2%|
|TIMOTHY W. TUCKER||1,216||20.2%|
|LBCC District Governing Board, Trustee Area 3||Vote Count||Percentage|
|MARK J. BOWEN||1,823||59.8%|
|LBCC District Governing Board, Trustee Area 5||Vote Count||Percentage|
|PHILLIP Q. SHROTMAN||3,379||35.2%|
|DEMIREA R. PERRY||1,038||10.8%|
|LBUSD Governing Board Member, District 1||Vote Count||Percentage|
|JEFFREY S. PRICE||2,626||42.6%|