By Clara Cordeiro
District 4 Trustee, Doug Otto, is running for Long Beach mayor and District 2 Trustee, Roberto Uranga, is evaluating running for Long Beach City Council District 7 in the 2014 election.
Otto announced the formation of an exploratory committee to run for mayor on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in an emailed press release. Otto has not yet declared an official campaign for the candidacy, the Press-Telegram reported.
Current mayor Bob Foster may be running for a third term as a write-in candidate, while former NFL player Damon Dunn and two-time district 1 council candidate Jana Shields are officially running, the article said.
Uranga ran for District 7 council member in 2009 for the 2010 election, but dropped out of the race. His wife, Tonia Reyes-Uranga, ran for re-election as a write-in candidate.
Otto said, “I’m looking at city council, and if the opportunity presents itself for me to throw my head in the ring, I will.”
Uranga became the first Latino to represent the Board in 2000 and sits as president of the Board, according to the website. If they win the trustee positions would be filled by special election or appointment.