020421 RB ELECTION FORUMS

Redondo Beach voters will go to the polls on March 2 to decide whether to reelect Mayor Bill Brand or go with one of his three challengers. The city has a slate of other local races as well, including for school board. In this 2016 file photo, a man walks toward the City Council chambers at Redondo Beach City Hall. (Daily Breeze File photo.)

Redondo Beach voters will have multiple races to decide during the city’s March 2  election.

The marquee race features Mayor Bill Brand trying to win reelection against three challenges. But there are also races for city attorney and Redondo Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education.

And City Council Districts 1, 2 and 4 also have races, though only voters in those geographic areas get to decide among candidates.

Mail-in ballots will go out on Thursday, Feb. 4

And there’s a lot to know before voters cast their ballots. And several forums will help folks learn what they need to know.

Redondo Beach Unified school board race

The League of Women Voters of Beach Cities and the Redondo Beach Council PTA, a group of all of the parent-teacher associations in the district, will host a virtual forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, to meet the eight candidates for three open school board positions.

The candidates are Keith Arnold, Jerome Chang, Karen F. Cull, Dan Elder, Kimberlee H. Isaacs, Rachel Silverman Nemeth, Rolf Curtis Strutzenberg and Margo Trone.

You must register to attend. To do so, go to eventbrite.com and search for “Redondo Beach Unified School Board Election Forum.”

Redondo Beach City Council, mayor, city attorney races

Rescue Our Waterfront, a group of Redondo Beach residents who strive to preserve the city’s coastline by opposing development there, will host a forum for mayor and council candidates at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. It will be live streamed on ROW’s Facebook page. 

Redondo Beach residents can submit  questions for candidates in advance to info@RescueOurWaterfront.org or RescueOurWaterfront@gmail.com; or as a direct message on ROW’s Facebook page. Questions will not be shared with candidates ahead of the event.

The League of Women Voters, the Easy Reader newspaper and NuVoodoo Media, meanwhile, will co-host a Zoom debate with candidates for mayor and city attorney at 7 p.m. Feb. 10, and another for City Council candidates at 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Information on how to watch was not yet available.

Those running for mayor are:

  • Incumbent Brand;
  • Chris Voisey, a chief technology officer and community volunteer;
  • Michael Ian Sachs, a retired Chevron employee who ran for mayor in 2017; and
  • Shayne Hartman, a proposal analyst at Northrop Grumman.

Council candidates include:

  • In District 1, incumbent Nils Nehrenheim and outgoing school board member Brad Waller;
  • In District 2, incumbent Todd Lowenstein, public art advocate Paul David Moses, and Erika Snow Robinson, director of operations at a real estate group; and
  • In District 4, incumbent John Gran, and Zein Obagi Jr., an employment and business attorney.

City attorney Michael Webb will also try to win reelection against Harden Sooper, chair of Redondo Beach’s Public Safety Commission.

Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

Load comments