A map of the 1st Council District.

Starting next week, the Long Beach Post will be interviewing candidates in preparation for the 1st Council District special election race this November.

As we did earlier this year with candidates of the 33rd state Senate district race—during which then-1st District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez ultimately won the seat, triggering this upcoming election—we plan to help voters make an informed decision by providing candidate profiles and a candidate guide.

But this time we want you, the constituents, to help us ask the important questions.

We rely on your news tips and your perspectives—and we also appreciate your insight. It’s part of our belief to work with our readers because ultimately this is a group effort.

The 1st Council District includes parts of Downtown, Central and West Long Beach and has a population of about 50,000 residents. It has three historic areas, nine different neighborhoods, nine elementary, middle and high schools and over 10 parks.

With its proximity to the Port of Long Beach and 710 freeway it also faces higher pollution rates compared to the rest of the city. Poverty, unemployment and crime are also at higher numbers than other parts of Long Beach.

Candidates include: Shelbyrae Black, Joe Ganem, Elliot Gonzales, Shirley Huling, Ray Morquecho, Mariela Salgado, Misi Tagaloa and Mary Zendejas.

So fill out the form below and we’ll take your questions into consideration. They can be general or directed at a specific candidate.