As county elections officials continue to tally ballots—there were more than 150,000 remaining across the county as of Monday—Long Beach’s races have remained mostly static, with some candidates declaring victory this week after accumulating comfortable leads.
Here’s a roundup of where we stand as of Friday afternoon when the Registrar-Recorder’s officer released the latest totals.
The Secretary of State will certify final results on Dec. 11.
In a contentious race for the 2nd District City Council seat that saw accusations of fraud on both sides, Cindy Allen came out on top, with 53.50% and 11,228 votes, compared to Robert Fox’s 46.50% and 9,757 votes, as of Friday.
Allen in a statement Friday thanked the voters for their support.
“From public health related restrictions, to the unprecedented number of vote by mail ballots, and to of course the bitter and divisive rhetoric rampant in all levels of politics, this election has been unlike anything we’ve seen before. But as I promised during the campaign, my only focus for City Council is to make our community a better place to live,” she said.
“As I prepare to assume office, I want to make it clear that my priorities remain addressing the issues that matter most to us—reducing homelessness, promoting racial and social justice, creating more affordable housing, fighting climate change, and finding realistic parking solutions. I grew up in a family that struggled to get and I know there’s so much more we can do to make this city a more equitable and inclusive community.”
In the 6th District council race, candidate Suely Saro continued to maintain her 20-point lead over incumbent Dee Andrews.
Friday’s results showed her with 60% of the votes, or 7,645 while Andrews received 40%, or 5,146.
Just before the Registrar-Recorder’s office released its latest update, Saro’s campaign released a statement acknowledging her presumed win.
“Long Beach’s 6th District has made its voice heard!” she said. “As your next councilwoman, you can count on me to be an accessible and responsive advocate for every resident.”
Saro went on to thank voters for their support and trust and Andrews for his years of service. She called the challenges ahead for a better quality of life daunting but solvable when the community unites.
“Many of our residents and small business owners have told me what they would like to see improve. I look forward to continuing the conversations for many days and weeks to come,” she said.
Andrews has not publicly conceded.
Saro is set to become the first Cambodian American elected to the Long Beach City Council.
The recent election tallies further solidified results in the 8th District council race, where incumbent Al Austin appears to have won a third term after holding off nonprofit executive Tunua Thrash-Ntuk.
As of Friday, Austin collected 10,667 votes and Thrash-Ntuk garnered 8,128.
As early results continued to show Austin in the lead shortly after Election Day, Thrash-Ntuk issued a statement congratulating her opponent and vowing to continue to work in public service.
“Long Beach will need all of its leaders to work together and put our city on a path to economic recovery,” her statement read. “I look forward to continuing to be involved and find ways to contribute to our civic life.”
Austin acknowledged his opponent’s comments in a statement and thanked the voters for participating in the election.
“I want to thank Tunua Thrash-Ntuk for running a very strong, spirited campaign and for her gracious offer to work as a partner with us moving forward,” his statement read. “Iron sharpens iron.”
In the latest vote tally, Erik Miller maintained his lead over Tonia Reyes-Uranga for a seat on the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education.
“We are claiming victory as we anticipate that there’s not enough votes out there to substantially change the outcome,” Miller said, noting that he was humbled by the voter turnout in Long Beach.
Miller’s lead grew from 900 to about 1,000 votes. Miller (now at 51.7%) has maintained his lead over Tonia Reyes-Uranga (now at 48.3%) as small numbers of votes have trickled in over the last week.
In the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees race, Herlinda Chico maintained her lead over Dick Gaylord—with the gap staying at about 865 votes. Chico has 41.3% of the vote, while Gaylord has 39.5%.
Chico claimed victory on Facebook Tuesday, noting that she’s maintained her lead since the first ballot count. She noted she is the first woman of color to be elected to represent the area on the LBCC board.
Gaylord conceded on his website.
“I congratulate Ms. Chico on a race well-run and wish her nothing but the very best as a Trustee of the institution I know both of us love and hold dear,” Gaylord said.
Staff writers Kelly Puente, Stephanie Rivera, Sebastian Echeverry and Valerie Osier contributed to this post.
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