By Assistant Editor Zamná Ávila
Vice Mayor Robert Garcia is tantalizingly close to becoming the first Latino and openly gay mayor, as well as the youngest in Long Beach history.
But Signal Hill political consultant Jeffrey Adler, of Adler Public Affairs, says the real story might be the election turnout.
“I find it very interesting and very discouraging that in Afghanistan last weekend 58 percent of the electorate turned out to vote under threat of death by the Taliban,” said Adler, soon after the primary election. “Here, less than 15 percent turned out to select the mayor and the council that will set the course for the city in the next four to eight years, and no one’s life was being threatened.”
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To Long Beach Lawyer Dough Otto, the mayor has a bully pulpit to offer ideas and lead people in particular directions, which is why he said chose to run for mayor.
“The right kind of mayor can have a great influence on people who live in this city,” he said. “I have a long history of running collaborative processes, of bringing people together, working toward a result and achieving that goal.”
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