Community groups to host public forums for Long Beach elections

Long Beach voters interested in learning more about their respective candidates before heading to the polls in November will have the opportunity to listen in on a couple of community forums where candidates vying for City Council, LBCC’s Board of Trustees and the LBUSD Board of Education will speak on issues facing the city.

Long Beach residents in Council District 8—which includes Bixby Knolls and parts of North Long Beach—can tune in to the Los Cerritos Neighborhood Association’s council forum, with challenger Tunua Thrash-Ntuk and incumbent Al Austin.

Thrash-Ntuk is an economic development director who has lived in the district since 2013; Austin is a labor representative who has lived in the district for 19 years. Both are registered Democrats.

The meeting will be hosted via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Those interested can register for the forum on the Los Cerritos website.

Citywide, the NAACP Long Beach chapter will host a virtual “Meet the Candidates” event for those  running for LBUSD District 2, City Council districts 2, 6 and 8, and LBCC Trustees Area 4.

The Meet the Candidates event will be hosted on Oct. 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom. Voters interested in joining the call can find the login information on the NAACP website.

For those who can’t make it to the virtual forums, the Long Beach Post recently updated its “Compare Your Candidates” page to reflect the runoff races set to be decided on Nov. 3. Voters can find their respective candidates and compare their viewpoints on city issues, such as housing and homelessness.

The Post, Press-Telegram, Long Beach Business Journal and Grunion Gazette are also co-hosting a series of candidate debates, beginning Monday, Oct. 5. To learn details, click here.

Media publications to host candidate debates ahead of Nov. 3 election

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