election countdown

The first round of campaign finance statements have been released for those seeking office in November, including one seat on the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education.

The most recent filing period covers Feb. 16 to June 30.

The only contested runoff for the LBUSD board in November is between Tonia Reyes Uranga and Erik Miller in District 2, which covers parts of Central and West Long Beach. The winning candidate will succeed Felton Williams, who is retiring.

The other race, District 4, has already been decided after Doug Otto received more than 50% of the vote during March 3 primary.

Reyes Uranga, a former Long Beach councilwoman, has significant support from unions for a total fundraising haul of $44,038. Reyes Uranga spent $26,412, and has a cash balance going forward of $30,548.

Some of her supporters include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 ($5,000), The United Food and Commercial Workers PAC Local 770 ($1,000 this filing period, and $1,000 last period); the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council PAC ($2,500), the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12 ($1,500) and the Laborers International Union of North America Local 1309 ($1,500).

Other notable people gave Reyes Uranga much smaller amounts, including Councilman Rex Richardson, former mayor Beverly O’Neill, City Council candidate Cindy Allen, Signal Hill City Councilman Keir Jones and Reyes Uranga’s husband, Councilman Roberto Uranga.

Miller, who is the executive director of PVJOBS, a countywide initiative that provides employment opportunities for at-risk youth, raised $17,072 in campaign contributions. He spent $26,964, leaving with a balance forward of $8,276.

Miller’s top contributions this filing period came from a Sierra Madre resident named John Case ($5,000), the Political Action for Classified Employees of California School Employees ($1,400) and Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell’s fundraising campaign ($1,000).

Other notable donors include former City Councilman Gary DeLong; the fundraising committee for Juan Benitez, school board member; and Jon Meyer, a school board member who is retiring this year.