First, congratulations to Todd Kaminsky. Please deliver on your promises to LB. And, to quote you, keep your corners square.
Second, congratulations to Corey Klein. You outhustled and outspent Ted Hommel, showing a do or die dedication to the election. Be the fair and honest City Judge you proclaimed you would be. You have 9 years where you do not have to be some party’s puppet. Be the judge of the people not a party.
NY State has about 14 million people that could vote, with about 11-12 million registered to vote. Total votes in the NY Governor race – just over 300,000. 300,000! Imagine the millions of dollars spent and the backroom promises made to get 300,000 people to vote.
We don’t know the Long Beach numbers, but our guess is that there are 15,000 or so who could vote. Our LB elections typically get less than 50% turnout. While that may be high in relation to major state and federal elections, that makes sense because Long Beach elections – City Council – directly impact LB residents. At the same time, people in LB constantly complain about LB politics, yet do not vote and never go to a City Council meeting. 1,000 additional voters in a LB election can easily flip results. And, to repeat, these elections (also school budget) directly and immediately impact you.