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Herlinda Chico gets backing from Long Beach, Avalon, Signal Hill mayors in bid to get on LBCC board

PUBLISHED: September 25, 2020 at 4:35 p.m. | UPDATED: September 25, 2020 at 4:35 p.m.

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Herlinda Chico has received the backing of some influential local figures in her bid to get on the Board of Trustees for the Long Beach Community College District.

Chico, a field deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, recently announced that her campaign to represent the district’s Area 4 has been endorsed by the mayors of Long Beach, Avalon and Signal Hill.

The endorsement from three Avalon City Council members — which Chico’s campaign announced along with her sweep of the mayors on Thursday, Sept. 24 — came not long after she received a co-endorsement from the Long Beach City College Faculty Association.

The Faculty Association also endorsed Richard “Dick” Gaylord. Pierce College professor Lee Loveridge rounds out the field for the Area 4 seat in the Nov. 3 election. The winner will replace Doug Otto, who won a seat on Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education in March.

Area 4 includes Long Beach’s Third Council District, and portions of Districts 2, 4 and 7, as well as the cities of Signal Hill and Avalon, on Catalina Island.

In all, Chico has received the backing of the vast majority of elected officials in Long Beach, Avalon and City Hill — including seven of the nine Long Beach City Council members, according to her announcement.

“Herlinda Chico has been working with Long Beach City College and local students for years,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “She is the right choice to advocate for the Long Beach College Promise and bring back local trade programs. Herlinda loves Long Beach and would be an outstanding representative on the College Board.”

Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall agreed.

“Avalon is a small, tight-knit town with unique needs, and Herlinda Chico understands that,” Marshall said in a statement, adding that the entire Avalon City Council endorsed her. “Herlinda has helped bring resources to the island and she has great ideas to help our students attend Long Beach City College.”

Signal Hill Mayor Robert Copeland, for his part, said his endorsement is about putting students first.

“I know Herlinda will put our students first,” he said in a statement, “and ensure they have pathways to transfer to universities or begin successful careers through a variety of apprenticeship programs.”

Chico, for her part, said she was “honored to have the support of” so many elected leaders in Area 4.

“In my capacity working for Supervisor Janice Hahn, I currently represent these areas and know the needs of the community very well and the community knows me,” Chico said in a statement. “Together, we will work to ensure Long Beach City College continues to serve as an accessible institution that both educates and empowers our students.”

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