The deadline for individuals to declare their candidacy for the June 2022 primary election in city races that include an incumbent was Friday, March 11.

Nearly 40 individuals have so far submitted nomination papers for nine local races in the upcoming election, including mayor, city attorney, city auditor, city prosecutor and all the odd-numbered city council districts, according to the Long Beach city clerk’s office.

Here’s what we know so far:

As of Monday morning, the Long Beach city clerk’s office has certified 17 of the 38 candidates who have filed for office, meaning candidates have submitted the required signatures and documents to appear on the ballot.

In the city races that include incumbents—city prosecutor, city auditor and council districts 1 and 7—all of the potential candidates have qualified to run on the ballot, according to the city clerk’s office.

  • Two candidates have qualified for the city auditor’s race: incumbent Laura Doud and Daniel Miles.
  • For the city prosecutor’s race, the list of qualified candidates includes incumbent Doug Haubert, George Moyer and Nicholas Liddi III.
  • In the 1st District council race, five candidates have qualified to run. This includes incumbent Mary Zendejas, Lee Charley, Steven Estrada, Zack Deere and Mariela Salgado.
  • The 7th District council race includes four qualified candidates, including incumbent Roberto Uranga, Alejandro Cortez, Raul Jallorina and Carlos Ovalle.

Candidates in races that don’t include incumbents—mayor, city attorney and the 3rd, 5th and 9th city council districts—have until Wednesday, March 16, to submit their nomination papers.

Though nominations are still permitted in those races, the city clerk has certified a few candidates there as well. They include Joshua Rodriguez in the mayor’s race, Jeannine Bedard in the 5th District council race and Raul Nario in the 9th District council race.

As of Monday morning, there are no qualified candidates in the City Attorney’s race or the 3rd District council race, according to the city clerk’s office.

All qualified candidates will be eligible to participate in the Long Beach Post’s 2022 Compare Your Candidates tool, in which each candidate will answer the same series of questions about political issues and policy matters pertinent to their respective office. Questionnaires for the current election cycle will begin going out to candidates later this month.

Anthony Pignataro is an investigative reporter and editor for the Long Beach Post. He has close to three decades of experience in journalism leading numerous investigations and long-form journalism projects for the OC Weekly and other publications. He joined the Post in May 2021.