By Kendall Harris / Staff Writer

Longtime incumbent Jeff Kellogg defeated challenger Marshall Blesofsky, 55.6 percent to 44.4 percent, for the Area 1 LBCC Board of Trustees seat in final vote totals reported early Wednesday morning, April 9.

Kellogg spent most of the election night at home to see the votes come in. Commenting on how the night was going for him, he said, “It looks favorable, very favorable.”

Later in the evening Kellogg went to Board colleague Roberto Uranga’s campaign party to congratulate him on apparently winning the 7th District Long Beach City Council seat.

Goals for his campaign, which he stated on his Website, “Continue to modernize and improve the LBCC facilities, continue to build trust and cooperation with our college community and to go paperless to reduce costs and improve efficiency.”

Blesofsky spent Tuesday night waiting for votes to come in at Nino’s Italian restaurant at 3853 Atlantic Ave. A small crowd gathered, including his wife, son and campaign volunteers.  Their outlook on the night was optimistic even when Kellogg’s lead was high.

As a former LBCC health teacher, his campaign message was to tell the public about the importance of students going to LBCC, bringing back vocational programs and making sure that the public’s tax dollars are being used properly.

Blesofsky said, “It is important to educate the public about the benefits and values of the City College.”

Early Tuesday, his campaign party walked the districts of North Long Beach hoping to get last-minute votes and making calls from the voter registration list.  The goal of walking North Long Beach was to hit north of Del Amo Avenue, where few people are registered to vote.

Even with the loss, Blesofsky said he will still make time to be an advocate for students and student representatives. “Students should be heard, not to be put down or told to sit down.”