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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At a recent mayoral forum, District 5 Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, who is running for mayor quipped about her campaign strategy.
“Actually, I have two secret weapons: One, I’m No. 1 on the ballot and two, I’m changing my name to Gerrie Schipske-Lowenthal,” she said nonchalantly. “Someone asked the other day … how I was going to do it. By marriage, so….”
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