IN PICTURES: Behind the scenes at debates hosted by the Post, Press-Telegram, Gazette and Business Journal

Local media outlets including the Long Beach Post, Press-Telegram, Grunion Gazette and Long Beach Business Journal hosted five debates between Oct. 5 and Oct. 14 featuring candidates for City Council, Long Beach Unified Board of Education and Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees.

Here is a look at some of the behind the scenes shots from the debates.

To watch the debates:

Long Beach Post Community Engagement Editor Stephanie Rivera and Harry Saltzgaver, executive editor of the Grunion Gazette, prepare before they moderate a debate for the LBCC Board of Trustees Area 4 seat in Long Beach Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Long Beach Post reporter Crystal Niebla and Press-Telegram Editor Chris Haire prepare to moderate a debate with Tonia Reyes Uranga and Erik Miller for the LBUSD District 2 seat in Long Beach Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Long Beach Post reporter Crystal Niebla looks over to Press-Telegram Editor Chris Haire as they prepare to moderate a debate with Tonia Reyes Uranga and Erik Miller for the LBUSD District 2 seat in Long Beach Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Long Beach Post Publisher David Sommers, left and reporter Valerie Osier look over the big screen while in the control room during the debate for the LBCC Board of Trustees Area 4 seat in Long Beach Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Lee Loveridge in his control room as he debates with Herlinda Chico and Dick Gaylord for the LBCC Board of Trustees Area 4 seat in Long Beach Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Long Beach Post Community Engagement Editor Stephanie Rivera and Harry Saltzgaver, executive editor of the Grunion Gazette, moderate a debate with Lee Loveridge, Herlinda Chico and Dick Gaylord for the LBCC Board of Trustees Area 4 seat in Long Beach Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Press-Telegram Editor Chris Haire and Long Beach Post reporter Crystal Niebla prepare to moderate a debate with Tonia Reyes Uranga and Erik Miller for the LBUSD District 2 seat in Long Beach Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Steven Smith, left, works the control room as Long Beach Post reporter Crystal Niebla and Press-Telegram Editor Chris Haire moderate a debate with Tonia Reyes Uranga and Erik Miller for the LBUSD District 2 seat in Long Beach Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Long Beach Post reporter Sebastian Echeverry, left, and Press-Telegram reporter Hayley Munguia, right, prepare to moderate a debate with Al Austin and Tunua Thrash-Ntuk for the City Council District 8 seat in Long Beach Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Streaming on Instagram Live, Al Austin and Tunua Thrash-Ntuk debate for the City Council District 8 seat in Long Beach Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

From the control room, Press-Telegram reporter Hayley Munguia, left and Long Beach Post reporter Sebastian Echeverry, moderate a debate with Al Austin and Tunua Thrash-Ntuk for the City Council District 8 seat in Long Beach Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, left, and Al Austin, right, sit a room apart during a debate for the City Council District 8 seat in Long Beach Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

From the control room, Press-Telegram reporter Hayley Munguia, left and Long Beach Post reporter Jason Ruiz, moderate a debate with Suely Saro and Dee Andrews for the City Council District 6 seat in Long Beach Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Grunion Gazette Executive Editor Harry Saltzgaver, right, and Long Beach Post Senior Reporter Kelly Puente moderate the Second District debate, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Second District candidates Robert Fox, left, and Cindy Allen, remain socially distant during a debate Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

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