Eduardo Lara

Eduardo Lara

An eighth candidate has entered the race to represent Long Beach City Council’s Second District.

Eduardo Lara, a sociology professor at Cal State Long Beach, announced his campaign for the seat Monday, Nov. 4.

The election for the Second District, which stretches from the Port of Long Beach to Redondo Avenue and 10th Street, is scheduled for March 3. If no candidate wins 50% of the vote, the race will go to a run-off on Nov. 3, 2020.

Lara’s announcement came days after Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce, who currently represents the Second District, ended her re-election campaign.

“I am running because too many of our neighbors are being left out of the economic prosperity that our city is experiencing,” Lara said in a statement. “Together, we will move our district forward by focusing on issues like affordable housing, accessible parking, a healthy environment, small-business development, public safety, youth programs, resources for the elderly and ensuring that all Long Beach workers are treated with the dignity they deserve.”

Pearce endorsed Lara shortly after he announced his campaign.

“While there are a lot of great people are running for the seat,” Pearce said on Facebook, “Eduardo Lara is the candidate with the experience, commitment to equity and passion we deserve.”

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