Long Beach Voter Guide: Debate roundups, local measures and vote center locations

Long Beach voters will be making multiple important decisions locally during this general election on Nov. 3.

Over the past several weeks we’ve written about where and how voters can cast their ballots, what is at stake with the local Measure US and the multiple candidates running for office. Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know in order to help you make the best decisions:

Measure US

Measure US will tax oil production. It applies only to those who have mineral rights and/or produce oil in Long Beach. If approved, proponents say it will raise funding intended to bridge inequalities in the city. Read our coverage on it here. Here’s the city’s fact sheet on the measure.

2nd District

Candidates Robert Fox, a landlord, and Cindy Allen, a business owner (and former owner of Long Beach Post until 2018), are seeking to represent the 2nd District, which includes Alamitos Beach and parts of Downtown.

Watch the video and read our reporting of their debate here.

Check out our Compare Your Candidate tool to read their responses to questions we asked them here.

Read our reporting about controversies surrounding the sale of Allen’s advertising business here, the time she shot a man while she was a Long Beach cop in the early 90s here and allegations she committed voter registration fraud here.

Read about the accusations of criminal activity by Fox’s campaign here and accusations of video sleuthing here.

6th District

Incumbent Dee Andrews is seeking a fourth term while challenger Suely Saro, a Cal State Los Angeles professor, is hoping to become the first Cambodian woman on the City Council.

Watch the video and read our reporting of their debate here.

Check out our Compare Your Candidate tool to read their responses to questions we asked them here.

Internal turmoil in Andrews’ office spilled into the spotlight when reports of an affair landed in court in September when his chief of staff was represented by a city attorney in an effort to seek a workplace restraining order.

Earlier this month we reported on an allegation made by a former commissioner claiming that Andrews tried to dissuade him from reporting a gathering violating health orders this summer.

8th District

Incumbent Al Austin and challenger Tunua Thrash-Ntuk are hoping to represent the Bixby Knolls area and parts of North Long Beach, including a business corridor trying to bounce back from a loss of income due to the pandemic.

Watch the video and read our reporting of their debate here.

Check out our Compare Your Candidate tool to read their responses to questions we asked them here.

Read about the fake text messages and social media accounts seeking to influence the 8th District election here.

LBUSD Area 2

In this race, former Councilwoman Tonia Uranga, whose husband is a current Long Beach councilman, and Long Beach native Erik Miller, who previously ran for the 6th District council seat, are hoping to represent schools in Central and West Long Beach.

Watch the video and read our reporting of their debate here.

Check out our Compare Your Candidate tool to read their responses to questions we asked them here.

LBCC Area 4

This winner-take-all race includes three candidates: local Realtor Dick Gaylord, Pierce College professor Lee Loveridge and Herlinda Chico, a legislative deputy for County Supervisor Janice Hahn who previously ran for the 4th District council seat but ultimately lost to incumbent Daryl Supernaw.

Watch the video and read our reporting of their debate here.

Check out our Compare Your Candidate tool to read their responses to questions we asked them here.

Read about an apparent attempt to influence the race through explicit robocalls sent to several city leaders here.

Ballot box locations

There are 19 official ballot boxes located within the city of Long Beach where voters can safely return their Vote-by-mail ballots. No postage necessary. We’ve created a map to help you find the box nearest to you:

Do you have questions about Vote-by-mail ballots? Read this story:

Got questions about vote-by-mail ballots? You’re not alone; here’s a few answers

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