The Nov. 3 election will see voters from around the Long Beach area decide who they want to represent them on their local city councils, including in Bellflower, Downey, Lynwood, Hawaiian Gardens and Signal Hill.
Here is an overview of some of the races happening around Long Beach:
Bellflower District 4
Five candidates will vie for Bellflower’s District 4 seat, which covers the southwest portion of the city, bordering Paramount. The district’s candidates include Stephen Amicon, Roger Graham, Victor A. Sanchez, Luis Melliz and Tonia McMillian.
The winner will serve as the first direct representative on the City Council from the Fourth District.
Only one candidate was eligible for elected offices in the city’s District 1 and District 2 seats after the nomination period closed Aug. 7. During a special council meeting Aug. 17, the council appointed Raymond Hamada for the District 1 seat and Dan Koops for the District 2 seat.
Downey’s Mayor Blanca Pacheco will seek re-election to retain her District 1 seat, challenged by Alexandria Contreras, a grassroots candidate with a history in voter education and engagement.
The District 3 seat, encompassing the northwest part of the city, is currently held by Councilmember Rick Rodriguez, who will not seek re-election. The three candidates vying for his seat are Dalejuan Peevy, Eric Pierce and Catherine Alvarez.
The District 5 seat, a citywide district, will also not see its current councilmember, Alex Saab, seek reelection because he is termed out. Four candidates will look to replace him, Mario Trujillo, Juan Martinez, Carmela Uba and Arturo Gonzalez.
Seven candidates will compete for the two open council seats in Lynwood — including Mayor Aide Castro’s seat, who has termed out. The candidates include Edwin Jacinto, Patricia Carr, Linda George, Rita Soto, Oscar Flores, Rowland Becerra and Lorraine Moore.
Castro was on the council in 2007 before being elected mayor in 2010.
Councilmember Sal Alatorre, also reaching his term limits, will join candidate Armando Morales in a campaign for city treasurer against incumbent Gabriela Camacho.
Hawaiian Gardens, just north of Los Alamitos, will fill three vacancies on its City Council; members are elected by the entire city.
Two of the City Council seats will be for a full four-year term, November 2024, and one will be for an unexpired term ending in November 2022.
Looking to fill the four-year term seats are Alba Bac, Maria Teresa Del Rio, Phillip Anthony Cabrera, and Francisco Noyola.
Mayor Hank Trimble, along with incumbents Myra Maravilla and Victor Farfan, will face Joe Cabrera Zermeno and Reynaldo Rodriguez for the unexpired term ending in November 2022.
Three of the five City Council seats in this tiny city, entirely surrounded by Long Beach, are up for grabs in Signal Hill.
Councilmember Robert Copeland — who has served as mayor, an annually rotating position, since since March — and colleagues Edward Wilson and Lori Woods will try to retain their seats against Terry Rogers, a realtor who is on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Councilmembers Tina L. Hansen and Keir Jones will retain their seats until the 2022 midterm elections.