|(Feb 20, 2019, 2:55 p.m.) -- Suely Saro -- an aide to immediate-past state Senator Ricardo Lara and a supporter of 1st dist. Councilwoman Lena Gonalez's bid to succed him -- has announced her candidacy for LB's 6th Council district seat in 2020. The 6th dist. includes much of LB's "Cambodia Town"; Ms. Saro, born in a Thailand refugee camp, is the daughter of parents who fled the Cambodian genocide.
The district's incumbent is Vice Mayor/Councilman Dee Andrews, first in 2007, who hasn't publicly announced his plans for 2020. Andrews was re-elected wihtout a runoff in 2016 in a write-in camapaign. In November 2018, LB voters approved Charter Amendment BBB (supported by LB's incumbents with support from leaders of Equity for Cambodians) which lets Andrews seek another term in 2020 but this time with his name listed on the ballot, avoiding a write-in requirement.
Ms. Saro, who currently chairs LB's Citizens Police Complaint Commission, posted the following statement on her Facebook page today (Feb. 20):
...I'm running for City Council to bring people together, to make positive changes happen in our community, and to serve as a strong advocate inside City Hall. I understand the importance of listening, working in partnerships, and building consensus to ensure all voices are represented in decision making. I believe it is important that residents benefit from good policies that ensure a thriving local economy, healthy communities, and a safe and clean environment. I am excited and ready for the campaign ahead and look forward to working with my fellow residents to create meaningful changes in Long Beachís 6th District!... Please support my campaign [seeks contributions]...This will help fund the campaign we need to win to create meaningful changes! Thank you!
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On her campaign website (www.suelysaro.com), Ms. Saro writes:
Suely Saro have [sic] worked closely with residents in the Sixth District and throughout the City of Long Beach as a field representative for the Office of Senator Ricardo Lara and Chair of Long Beach's Citizen Police Complaint Commission. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles.
Like all Councilmembers, the 6th dist. Councilmember has a co-equal vote on matters that affect LB residents citywide, including budget priorities, taxpayer services, City Hall spending, land use and development decisions and setting City policies.
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