|(Mar. 18 2019, 9:50 a.m.) -- Long Beach Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, a Republican re-elected in 2018 with the endorsement of the LB Area Republican Party and with active support from Long Beach Republican Women Federated, is a campaign website-listed endorser of Democrat state Senate candidate/Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, whose policy stances on a number of issues are on the left-progressive end of the CA Democratic Party.
On March 15, LBREPORT.com sought to confirm the endorsement with Councilwoman Mungo, who didn't respond to our email. State Senate candidate Gonzalez's campaign manager replied to our email by confirming that Council Mungo had indeed endorsed Gonzalez.
Two Hispanic Republicans are running in the S.E. L.A. County state Senate district: Jack Guerrero (an outspoken conservative elected officeholder on the Cudahy City Council with a Stanford degree in Economics and a Harvard MBA) and Martha Flores Gibson, PhD (a Long Beach resident who ran and lost Assembly races in 2010 and 2012 against Bonnie Lowenthal and in 2016 against Patrick O'Donnell.) The state Senate district includes roughly half of Long Beach and stretches northward to Huntington Park; roughly 55% of its voters registered as Democrats, about 28% "decline to state" with roughly 12% Republicans.
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Five other LB Councilmembers, all Democrats, have endorsed or supported Gonzalez (Pearce, Price, Uranga and Richardson; Andrews isn't currently listed as an endorser but on Feb. 7 made a financial contribution to the Gonzalez campaign from his contributor-funded "officeholder" account.) Councilmembers Supernaw (an independent) and Austin (a Dem) have made no public endorsement to date. (Austin entered the race in the second half of 2017 but ended campaigning on Feb. 1, 2019 after multiple Dem party figures and organized labor groups lined up behind Gonzalez.)
Since at least mid-2014 when a new Council majority (including Mungo) took office and Mayor Garcia advanced to Mayor, to our knowledge no person speaking on behalf of any organized LB Area Republican groups has publicly testified at any City Council meeting in opposition any LB City Hall-sought tax increases and spending items. Opposition, if any, has been disorganized and mainly limited to communications to the LB Republican groups' own members or in scattered social network mentions.
Councilwoman Mungo's voting record on City Hall-sought tax increases and spending items has been nearly identical to her Democrat Council colleagues, either voting to approve the items outright, sometimes after including tweaks, or voting to put them on the ballot and remaining silent as Mayor Garcia ran major moneyed campaigns funded by special interests that produced their enactment.
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