Long Beach residents will have opportunity to meet candidates headed for runoff elections at the Barbara and Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center Thursday

Long Beach, Calif. – Jewish Long Beach will conduct a forum at the Barbara and Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center on Thursday, September 22, giving Long Beach residents one of their earliest opportunity to meet candidates for upcoming runoff elections.

The group, which campaigns for the Jewish community in Long Beach and Orange County, expects the event will provide the community a chance to meet the city’s future leaders and raise their awareness of Jewish voters’ problems.

The event is accessible to all city residents, and parking is free at the venue.

The debate will feature the final two contenders in the city’s mayoral election, as well as those seeking to represent Long Beach in Congress and the state legislature. According to the forum’s organizers, a one-hour meet-and-greet segment will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the forum at 7 p.m.

“Jewish Long Beach is committed to serve as the central location for Jewish community advocacy in the Long Beach area,” the CEO of Jewish Long Beach said in a statement. “This entails ensuring that the Jewish and broader communities may remain as engaged as possible in civic processes.”

Evan Braude, a former member of the Long Beach City Council, will moderate the event, which will be a “talk show” in which each candidate will have around 20 minutes to present their platform and answer questions from Braude.

Braude will not moderate the runoff between Long Beach Councilmember Al Austin and Josh Lowenthal for the 69th State Assembly seat, because Braude is married to Lowenthal’s mother.

Although candidates in the City Council runoffs for the 3rd, 5th, and 9th districts are invited to attend and interact with participants, they will not participate in the forum component of the event.

The following candidates have been invited to Thursday’s forum:

  • Long Beach mayor: Rex Richardson and Suzie Price
  • 42nd Congressional District: Robert Garcia and John Briscoe
  • State Assembly 69th District: Al Austin and Josh Lowenthal
  • State Senate 36th District: Kim Carr and Janet Nguyen

The Barbara and Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center is located at 3801 E. Willow Street. People planning to attend are being asked to RSVP at 562-426-7601

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