Photo by Richard Mejia / Viking-  Trustee Roberto Uranga, center, watches his vote total surpass 50 percent early Wednesday morning, April 9, with his wife Tonia Reyes-Uranga, seated, and their sons Emiliano and Roberto Tomas and daughter Roaslinda, from left.
Photo by Richard Mejia / Viking- Trustee Roberto Uranga, center, watches his vote total surpass 50 percent early Wednesday morning, April 9, with his wife Tonia Reyes-Uranga, seated, and their sons Emiliano and Roberto Tomas and daughter Roaslinda, from left.

By Richard Mejia / Staff Writer

More than 30 friends, family and volunteers showed up to support LBCC Trustee Roberto

Uranga in his run for the District 7 Council seat Tuesday, April 8 at City Limits Cantina.

 

Uranga claimed 50.8% of the precinct vote shortly after 1 a.m. with opponents Joan Greenwood

trailing with 24.54%, Teer Strickland with 18.58% and Lee H. Chauser at 6.64%.

 

Uranga said, “First and foremost I want to bring economic stability not only to the 7th District,

but to Long Beach. I want to get the people back to work and make our district attractive to

businesses and get them to stay here.”

 

With Uranga currently holding the Area 2 seat on the LBCC Board of Trustees, the board would

decide to either hold a special election or appoint a replacement for Uranga’s seat if he is elected.

“If it were possible for me to stay on the board I would, but I will have to step down and resign

from the Board if elected to the 7th District,” said Uranga.

 

Wife and former councilmember Tonia Reyes-Uranga said, “I’m glad the campaigning is over

for today, but we had a great staff and fantastic volunteers that allowed for a strong campaign.”

 

Among the drinking and celebration, Uranga’s oldest son Emiliano Uranga coordinated the event

and kept everyone updated with the results. Emiliano Uranga said, “It’s been a very positive and

exciting feel all day, even though it has been a crazy busy day.”

 

With a total of 2,355 unoffical votes counted for Uranga, he managed to avoid a run-off election

by a mere 11 votes. However, there is potential for a recount as the Long Beach Municipal code

1.21.030 states, “The City Clerk shall order a full recount of the ballots in any municipal election

wherein the difference between the two candidates receiving the most votes is one-half of one

percent or less and the difference in the absolute vote is fifty votes or less. “Given that Uranga

holds the majority of the votes under 50 votes, there is a chance that a recount could happen in

the coming weeks.