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LB councilmember drops out of state Senate race

Austin said the decision stems from consultation with family, friends

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LB councilmember drops out of state Senate race

Al Austin

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Al Austin

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Al Austin

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Long Beach 8th District Councilmember Al Austin announced the morning of Feb. 1 via his campaign email that he is opting out of the race for the 33rd state Senate District seat.

Austin said that, after consulting with his family, friends and supporters, he came to the conclusion to not continue his pursuit of the Senate seat for the special election, which will take place Tuesday, March 26.

In his statement, the councilmember commended his fellow Democratic candidates in the Senate race and thanked those who supported his effort to run.

“It’s been my mission as a public servant to stand up for working families, increase opportunity, strengthen neighborhoods and improve our quality of life,” Austin wrote in his statement. “I announced a campaign for state Senate to build upon the work I’ve done in Long Beach and to do just that. While I’ve been humbled by the support I’ve received for the Senate campaign from communities across the region and all the endorsements from local leaders, there’s much more to accomplish at the local level, and that is where I will continue my focus.”

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One Response to “LB councilmember drops out of state Senate race”

  1. ALVIN WILLIAMS on February 21st, 2019 3:19 pm

    Some of us who live in the 8th district pass del-amo blvd North have been complaining to the city and to you about the problems in this area for example the Alley parking, the South street pot holes when it rains, homeless people in the parks,nothing has been done about it,hopefully these issues will get more attention now that you have decided to stay in the District….,

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