5:00pm | Today, the Long Beach Firefighters Association and the Long Beach Police Officers Association announced their endorsements of Patrick O'Donnell for the 4th District, and Al Austin for the 8th District City Council seats.
“Patrick O’Donnell is the candidate firefighters trust to give us the tools and support we need to keep Long Beach safe,” said Rex Pritchard, President of the Long Beach Firefighters Association. “He makes the tough decisions to keep our city’s budget balanced while protecting vital services like public safety. We don’t just need Patrick O’Donnell on the council, we need more leaders like Patrick O’Donnell.”
Long Beach Police Officers Association's President Steve James said, “Patrick O’Donnell has the vision and the backbone to keep our city’s finances in order without sacrificing the safety of our neighborhoods. Even in tough times, Patrick brought our city together to improve our community. We need his leadership on the council.”
O'Donnell, who is running as a write-in candidate for a 3rd term in City Council, is facing Daryl Supernaw and retired police officer John Watkins in the race for the 4th district Council seat.
“Al Austin has the right ideas and skills to keep Long Beach safe,” said Rex Pritchard, President of the Long Beach Firefighters Association. “We need leaders like him working for our city and neighborhoods on the Council.
“Al Austin is the candidate Long Beach Police Officers trust to help protect our neighborhoods,” said Steve James, President of the Long Beach Police Officers Association. “Al Austin understands that safe neighborhoods are better neighborhoods, and he has the backbone to make the tough decisions to keep our city on track.”
Al Austin is running against Gustavo Rivera and Lillian Kawasaki to represent the 8th Council district.