Daryl Supernaw became the newest member of the Long Beach City Council Tuesday night after defeating opponents Herlinda Chico and Richard Lindemann in a winner-take-all special election to fill the vacated Fourth District seat. Supernaw took in just over 52 percent of the vote en route to victory, outpacing Chico (42.4%) and Lindemann (4.8%).
In terms of making political history and diversifying, the last calendar year could be one to remember for Long Beach. And while it wouldn’t be a first for the city, if Herlinda Chico wins the special election to fill the open Fourth District City Council seat tonight, the city council will again have a female majority, a rarity in any era.
Approving the construction of a federal customs facility at Long Beach Airport was already going to be a lengthy process, and at Tuesday night’s regular meeting city council voted to delay that process a little bit longer, choosing to postpone any further action by City staff regarding the proposed facility until 60 days after the vacant 4th District council seat is filled.