A third candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to represent the Long Beach City Council’s Eighth District.

Juan Ovalle, a member of the Long Beach Reform Coalition and co-founder of the watchdog group People of Long Beach, announced his candidacy for the seat Wednesday, June 26.

The North Long Beach district stretches from Bixby Road north to South Street. The election is scheduled for March 3, 2020.

“I made the decision to run for office not just to help protect those who have invested their life savings in Long Beach, but also to help improve the great inequality we see all around us,” Ovalle said in a statement. “We must address public safety, housing affordability, homelessness, and lack of community investment, for us all to achieve the Long Beach we dream of. It’s time we had the energetic representation we truly deserve.”

Ovalle said his priorities would include public-safety investment, environmental health and safety, and governmental reform and accountability.

He will face incumbent Al Austin, who has held the seat since 2012, and fellow challenger Tunua Thrash-Ntuk in the race.

In his announcement, Ovalle said that what he sees as Austin’s failed leadership spurred him to run.

“We lack sufficient public investment and services, from our parks to public safety, while failing to address our massive liabilities,” Ovalle said. “This is the clear result of the negligence and neglect of unresponsive, callous officials, like the incumbent councilmember.”

The primary municipal election will be in March 2020.

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