This is the third time Tagaloa has run for the 1st District council seat. He says he keeps running because “the challenges are still there,” noting his district does not have a neighborhood library.
Gonzales doesn’t have endorsements or much money—but he’s genuine, and that quality he says he’ll carry into office as he continues to advocate for his community.
Huling acknowledges that a win may be difficult, but is willing to march on: “Whether I win or I don’t win, I think the status quo is all we keep seeing from a local level all the way up to a federal level and I’m over it.”
As the owner of a local floor cleaning business, Salgado would also work to provide more support for small business owners. From Pine Avenue to the Anaheim Corridor, Salgado said lots of small businesses in the city are struggling. The City Council, she said, would benefit from having a small business owner who understands the challenges.
“There’s a lot of things where I will agree with the council, there’s a lot of things I already know that we won’t agree on,” Mary Zendejas said. “But I will always be true to myself and to my word and to what I believe in.”
“I know those issues,” said Ganem. “These are not things that I studied in a book or prepared to talk to you about— I’ve lived a lifetime of them.”
“It’s either you’re all or you’re nothing. You’re evil or you’re good,” Ray Morquecho said. “Most people are purple. They’re looking for the best solutions from either side.”
Questions will also be solicited from the community on social media in advance of the forum, and from the members of the public at the event.
Current Long Beach Transit Director Mary Zendejas—seen by some as a favorite—announced on Friday her candidacy for the 1st District, which spans the Downtown area.