Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club Announces Endorsements in Local Races
2012-02-21 · By Editor
The Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club announced its endorsement of six candidates for City Council, Long Beach City College (LBCC) Board of Trustees and the Long Beach Unified School Board (LBUSD) in the upcoming April 10th Election and rounded out there state and federal endorsements for the upcoming June 5th Statewide Primaries.
“Our political action committee spent more than 14 hours interviewing 24 candidates for the club’s endorsements,” said Jeff Price, Vice President of Political Action. “This kind of enthusiasm for our club’s endorsement is a sign of just how important Lambda’s support is for many candidates running in the Greater Long Beach area.”
At a rousing general meeting of the club’s voting body Thursday night, the LGBT Democratic club voted to endorse incumbent Councilmembers Patrick O’Donnell and Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal for their re-elections. However, the group’s membership was divided on the Eighth District Council race between candidates Al Austin, the clubs recommended candidate and Lillian Kawasaki. Likewise, the race for Los Angeles County District Attorney provided the clubs first ever 50/50 split when recommended candidate Mario Trujillo tied challenger Danette Meyers in votes cast. No candidate in either race took home the club’s endorsement. Their full list of endorsements reads as follows:
- Calif. State Assembly 63rd District – Anthony Rendon
- Los Angeles County District Attorney – No Endorsement
- Second Council District – Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal
- Fourth Council District – Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell
- Eighth Council District – No Endorsement
- LBCC Board of Trustees District 2 – Trustee Roberto Uranga
- LBCC Board of Trustees District 4 – Trustee Doug Otto
- LBUSD District 2 – Ricardo Linarez
Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club was formed as a Democratic Club under the guidelines and affiliation of the California Democratic Party and the California Democratic Council with the purpose of furthering the human and civil rights of all minorities, especially those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.