Tonia Reyes Uranga 2019

Tonia Reyes Uranga

Former Long Beach Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga on Thursday, June 13, announced she will run for a school board seat in 2020.

Uranga, who represented the city’s Seventh District from 2002 to 2010, is the third candidate vying to replace longtime Long Beach Unified board member Felton Williams in the March 3 election. Williams, after about 15 years representing District 2 on the board said he will not seek reelection. The district covers parts of west and central Long Beach.

“I’m running for school board to ensure every student in Long Beach has a great teacher, a safe campus and a chance to earn a college degree,” Uranga said in the statement announcing her candidacy. “I will work hand-and-hand (sic) with our district’s parents to create more avenues for involvement in our neighborhood schools, and I will fight to ensure that every child – no matter where their family lives – is given the resources and attention they need to thrive.”

Uranga has lived in Long Beach for 45 years and currently lives in the Wrigley neighborhood, with her husband and sitting City Councilman Roberto Uranga.

She is the vice president of Goals for Life, a nonprofit mentoring program that connects retired NFL players with school-age youth, and sits on the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy board. She’s also served as a member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Erik Miller, a nonprofit leader who announced his candidacy last month, also is running to represent LBUSD’s District 2. He has been endorsed by the Teachers Association of Long Beach.

Williams, meanwhile, said he is endorsing John Mathews II, who works in criminal justice reform. Mathews has yet to formally announce his candidacy, but confirmed to the Press-Telegram in May that he will run.

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