Councilmembers O’Donnell, Andrews Announce Endorsements for Long Beach Mayor

Two Long Beach City Council members announced their endorsements for mayor this week, adding one vote of support each to candidates Robert Garcia and Damon Dunn. 

Real estate developer and former NFL player Dunn received the endorsement of 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews, a former star athlete himself. Andrews cited Dunn’s concern for mentoring youth and commitment to job creation as major factors in his decision.

“Damon and I are products of good education systems matched with extracurricular sports,” Andrews said in a statement. “Without sports, we might not be where we are today. Damon understands that and has been committed to restoring middle school sports in Long Beach, and he’s a big supporter of the Long Beach Education Foundation to sponsor mentoring programs for students at risk of dropping out and others working hard to get into college.”

Garcia received the support of 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, who is running against fellow councilmember Suja Lowenthal for 64th State Assembly District June 3. The 4th District includes portions of East and Central Long Beach. 

“Pat has been a great partner on the City Council and I am thankful to have his support,” said Garcia in a press release.”He knows Long Beach and the 4th District is in many ways a microcosm of the entire city.”

Dunn is already endorsed by 3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong and 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske. Garcia is supported by Lowenthal as well as current Mayor Bob Foster. 

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.
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