Meet the candidates running for LBUSD’s 4th District board seat this week

The Belmont Heights Community Association will be holding a meet-and-greet this Wednesday with all three candidates running for Long Beach Unified School District’s 4th District board seat.

Candidates include Davina Keiser, Nancy Valencia and Doug Otto. They are vying to fill a seat that will be left vacant by retiring incumbent Jon Meyer. The election to replace him will be held March 3.

The event will take place at Belmont Heights United Methodist Church, 317 Termino Ave., and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute informal reception during which candidates will get to meet the public.

The general meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. each candidate will have 10 minutes to give an opening statement and answer any questions from the audience.

BHCA President Will Cullen said the group will remain neutral, refraining from asking questions or making endorsements.

While the BHCA is also not taking a position on the controversy surrounding the closure of the Fremont Elementary School playground, that issue could make for “an interesting evening,” he said.

Parking for the free event will be available in the church parking lot.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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