State Sen. Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, has chosen who she’d like to see fill her former Long Beach City Council seat.
The woman who represented the city’s southwestern First District for four years on Thursday, July 11, endorsed Long Beach Transit Director Mary Zendejas in the Nov. 5 special election.
“Mary has been there,” Gonzalez said in a statement announcing her endorsement. “She is the only candidate with an extensive track record of hard work throughout Long Beach. I am confident that Mary will ensure all residents have a voice at City Hall.”
Gonzalez was first elected to the seat in 2014. She was re-elected last year, and shortly afterwards announced her campaign to fill the state Senate seat left open by Ricardo Lara when he became the California’s Insurance Commissioner.
Gonzalez won that election last month.
“Senator Gonzalez is a fierce champion for working people and the residents of the First District,” Zendejas said in a statement. “I look forward to utilizing her foundation to implement my vision for a more accessible, equitable, and inclusive Long Beach.”
Long Beach’s First District stretches from the city’s western border to Orange Avenue, and from 21st Street southward to Ocean Boulevard. The open seat’s term will expire in 2022.
Elliot Gonzales, Ray Morquecho and Mariela Salgado have also announced they intend to run for the seat. The special election Nov. 5 is winner-take-all, with the person getting the most votes taking the seat, even if it is not a majority of votes cast.