By Paul Ingvaldsen
On Thursday, May 1, the Long Beach District Attorney’s office filed misdemeanor charges against Trustee candidate Marshall Blesofsky, who challenged incumbent Jeff Kellogg for the office of LBCC First District Trustee.
Blesofsky is charged with electioneering too close to a polling site on April 8, the day of the city primary.
Kellogg, current Board of Trustees President, was handily re-elected recently, winning his seat by 55.6 percent of the vote ,according to the City Clerk’s Office. Previous charges were levied against Kellogg’s opponent alleging he had misused a Political Action Committee flier by posting his name and meeting site on the handout.
The State Fair Political Practices Commission’s Enforcement Division in Sacramento received the earlier complaint, but declined to prosecute Blesofsky.
City Prosecutor Doug Haubert released an email regarding the latest complaint, which took place near the Faith Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bixby Knolls.
The email read, “A complaint was filed by a voter against Mr. Blesofsky alleging he was electioneering about 50 feet from a polling place. Witness statements and photographic evidence confirmed the complaint. California law creates a 100-foot buffer area around polling places on election day. Candidates are generally free to campaign anywhere they wish, but not within that 100-foot area when the polls are open.”
In an email sent to the Viking on May 12, Blesofsky said, “I was new to the political scene and ran to protect the interests of LBCC students and change the direction of the college. I did very well against an entrenched incumbent getting almost 45 percent of the vote. This charge shows how my campaign was a threat to those in power.”