If you’re looking for an opportunity to get to know the candidates running for seats on the LBUSD Board of Education before filling out your ballot, all six candidates are slated to appear at a forum Saturday in East Long Beach. 

The forum is being hosted by the LBUSD Community Advisory Committee and The Guidance Center at Browning High School on May 14. 

It will have candidates running in both contested races for the district’s Area 1 and Area 5 seats, which represent North and East Long Beach respectively. It will also include incumbent Board President Juan Benitez, who is running unopposed for reelection for the seat that represents Downtown. 

The in-person forum will let members of the public meet and hear candidates talk about important issues facing the district and what their ideas are to address them. The free event is being held in Browning’s multi-purpose room and will include childcare for attendees with children.

The forum is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Browning High School is at 2180 Obispo Avenue. To register for the event, click here

If you can’t make it, there are other options to get to know the candidates. Earlier this year, they answered questions about campus safety, the district’s budget and the achievement gap for the Post’s Compare Your Candidates tool

Election Day is June 7 but mail-in ballots started being delivered by county election officials earlier this week. Voters can return ballots through the mail or at any of the 17 drop boxes located throughout the city through June 7. 


Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @JasonRuiz_LB on Twitter.