By Madison Salter / Staff Writer

Elections for the LBCC Board of Trustees, mayor, city attorney, city auditor, city prosecutor, council seats and the Long Beach Unified School District Board will be Tuesday, April 8.
LBCC Board seats 1, 3, and 5 are all up for election.
Brandon Ramirez, 19, a health care administration major, said, “People should vote because it gives them a chance to elect people with similar ideologies.”
Ramirez also said he thinks LBCC should inform students more about upcoming elections. He said on his recent trip to Santa Monica Community College, various posters around campus encouraged students to vote.
The Community Engagement Club will sponsor a candidate forum on Monday, March 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the LAC in T1200.
Students and community members will be able to hear candidates for the LBCC Board of Trustees and the school board answer questions about plans for the future of Long Beach.
Current Trustee and Board President Jeffrey Kellogg is opposed by Marshall Blesofsky, a retired LBCC allied health professor. Stella Ursua, a business owner, is opposed by Sunny Zia, a civil engineer, for seat 3. Gregory Slaughter, a retired LBCC administration of justice teacher, is opposed by Virginia Baxter, executive director of the LBCC Foundation, for seat 5.
Amber Gonzalez, 18, an herbology major, said, “I really don’t feel like my vote would make a difference, but people should vote if they want more out of the college.”
Current Trustee Doug Otto is running for mayor of Long Beach. Otto was elected to the Board in 2004.
Some of his opponents include former Board member Gerrie Schipske and former LBCC public relations manager Robert Garcia.
Mayra Barbara, 24, a business major, said, “I think more people need to be aware about the importance of voting. They should want to make a difference in the way things are run.”
Voter registration forms can be found at city halls, post offices, the DMV or online at
To be a registered voter students must be a U.S. citizen, a California resident, at least 18 years old. Students who are already registered do not have to re-register unless they have moved or changed their name or political party.
The deadline to register to vote is Monday, March 24.