Long Beach selected to host forum for Democratic presidential candidates this fall

Long Beach will get a turn in the national spotlight as the venue for a forum in November for Democratic presidential candidates running to unseat Donald Trump, California Democratic Party officials announced.

The forum will be hosted by Univision, the largest provider of Spanish-language news. It will be held during the party’s Fall Endorsing Convention, to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center.

The forum itself will take place at the Long Beach Arena on Saturday, Nov. 16, during the party’s second gathering this year. The party is also meeting in San Francisco this weekend, where 14 of the Democratic presidential candidates are expected to speak.

The Long Beach event is not a debate, acting party chair Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker said in a statement Friday. “It is a forum that will focus on issues important to Californians and to the Latino community,” she said.

“We think it will be a fantastic addition to that convention and will once again highlight the importance of the Latino vote and California’s impact in the Presidential Primary.”

According to The Hill, the party will invite candidates who met criteria for inclusion in debates sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee. The DNC has said candidates must reach at least 2 percent support in several polls and earn donations from 130,000 individuals spread across many states.

More details will be announced as the event nears, officials said.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, who was named a state co-chair for the presidential campaign of Sen. Kamala Harris this week, said the city will host most of the Democratic candidates on a national stage.

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Melissa has been a journalist for over two decades, starting her career as a reporter covering health and religion and moving into local news. She has worked as an editor for eight years, including seven years at the Press Telegram before joining the Long Beach Post in June 2018. She also serves as a part-time lecturer at Cal State Long Beach where she teaches multimedia journalism and writing.