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Jared Milrad Wants To Replace Councilman Roberto Uranga, Launches Campaign Website Saying He's Young, Gay, Progressive, Worked To Elect Hillary, Has A Law Degree; Has Lived In 7th Dist. About 18 Mos. (Total About 30 Mos in LB); PODCAST: Hear Our Questions And His Responses is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(Nov. 27, 2017, 11:30 a.m.) -- Jared Milrad wants to replace Councilman Roberto Uranga. Mr. Milrad, who describes himself on his LinkedIn page as "Filmmaker | Lawyer | Changemaker," filed an Intention Statement with the City Clerk's office on Nov. 21 aiming to challenge the 7th district incumbent on the April 2018 ballot.

On his campaign website, Mr. Milrad says he's young, gay, progressive, worked to elect Hillary Clinton [doesn't mention Bernie Sanders] and says he "and his husband Nate became the first openly gay couple to appear in a major presidential campaign announcement. They were featured in Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign commercials ("Getting Started," "Equal")." Mr. Milrad's website says he served in "leadership roles for President Barack Obama, including field organizer, national fundraising co-chair, and voter protection director" and in 2013 founded a non-profit that "continues to provide low-cost legal services for low and middle income families in Chicago."

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Mr. Milrad holds a JD degree from Northeastern University School of Law in the Boston area [he isn't currently licensed and doesn't currently practice law], earned an MS degree from Tufts University and an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University.

Mr. Milrad's campaign website says he lives in Long Beach (all LB candidates do) but doesn't indicate for how long. In a phone conversation (Podcast below), Mr. Milrad indicated he's lived in the 7th district (Cal Hts area) for about a year and a half, and in Long Beach overall (previously downtown area) for about a year more.

His campaign website doesn't cite specific Long Beach neighborhood or taxpayer advocacy, civic issues (pro or con), community activism or public testimony in which he's been involved, and the "Issues" tab lists bullet points in mainly general terms without specific positions on salient city issues. our telephone conversation (Podcast below) we asked Mr. Milrad about his stance on city staff's currently proposed Land Use Element maps, about rent control, and to name three issues on which he disagrees with votes cast by the incumbent. Mr. Milrad replied (and he reiterated several times) that [paraphrase] he'll be holding meetings with residents over the coming weeks and months to discuss issues of concern to residents, and plans to address those issues in what he called a progressive manner.)

To hear our questions and Mr. Milrad's responses, launch our Podcast below...and we invite your audio responses (as near as your phone, which we can webcast too.) Our podcast below is edited for clarity and smoothness, not affecting the content of questions or responses you'll hear.)

Two other 7th district Council candidates, Emily Quest and Oscar Delacruz also filed Intention Statements earlier this month to challenge Councilman Uranga, but at this point, none of the challengers have filed paperwork to create campaign committees that can raise campaign funds...which incumbent Uranga did in February.

Developing. Further to follow.







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