Democrats Sweep City Council Elections

Torres, Adelson, Mandel wrest majority from GOP; Ford defeats Tangney in legislature race.

Incumbent Len Torres, second-time candidate Fran Adelson and newcomer Scott Mandel, all Democrats, wracked up the most votes for the three open seats in the Long Beach City Council election Tuesday.

Torres had the highest vote total, 3,798, while Adelson garnered 3,796 and Mandel collected 3,708 in the at-large election. Torres and Adelson captured four-year seats, and Mandel won a two-year term.

Among the other candidates in the field of six, Republican Marvin Weiss received 3,333 votes, while fellow Republican candidates Thomas Sofield Jr. and Mona Goodman got 3,324 and 3,321 votes, respectively.

With the victory, the Democrats wrest the 3-2 majority from the Republicans on the council, which also includes Democrat Michael Fagen and Republican John McLaughlin.

4th Legislative District Seat

Long Beach resident and Republican incumbent Legis. Denise Ford collected 53.59 percent of the total votes to defeat Democratic challenger Darlene Tangney, 6,901 votes to 5,971 votes.

* This story was updated at 5:30 a.m. on 11/9/11.

Stuart Banschick November 09, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Misty, in response to what would Darlene Tagney have to offer.. She would have what any new candidate would have, fresh ideas and a different perspective. All leaders start somwere! Do you think we should only keep the leaders we have just because they are already there and know the job already? Knowing the job does not eqate to good and productive leadership. Over time people in office too long become complacent, some become contempuous of the people they are there to serve. I am not suggesting this of
Candygram for Mongo November 09, 2011 at 04:19 PM
you might need to file a FOIL
LBcitizen November 09, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Misty you brought up a great point, I resent the negative campaign that she ran against Denise Ford so I am not going to get into specifics but Darlene Tagney has never had a job, little to no education and was handed a script by Democratic party leaders to read everywhere she went. She had no ideas of her own, only the opportunistic ideas of her husband and the democratic higher ups which controlled every facet of her campaign...it really would have been an embarrassment to our community if she won.
Candygram for Mongo November 09, 2011 at 05:22 PM
though entirely not relevant now anyway...
DR. Jay November 09, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Denise had a tough Race she did not win by a Land Slide she lost Long beach. I mean do you live with Darlene Tagney? Denise Ford has been endorsed by the Democrats all of her terms except this time she voted to lay off 800 CSEA workers and voted for a 150 million in consessions. So we say she did not know this and that she did not loose bu that many votes we won the City back from let me hire my entire family and relatives. Darlene should run again.
Misty November 09, 2011 at 05:43 PM
I agree, LBcitizen. Instead of team Sofield, it would have been team Tangney and next thing you know Mike Tangney would be the acting commissioner. Same scenario, different name. I feel as though she would have been another puppet and that is why I voted for Denise Ford.
delete me November 09, 2011 at 06:01 PM
dave you may want to reread the title of the article.
delete me November 09, 2011 at 06:04 PM
I thought it was awesome that Darlene Tagney at least won Long Beach.
Jay Gusler November 09, 2011 at 06:23 PM
This wasn't just a sweep by the Dems, it was a clear mandate from the people - a mandate both the outgoing and incoming administration should heed - that the way government operates needs to change. Unlike the 2009 election, this was no 'squeaker'. 375 votes separated the low Dem from the top GOP candidate. It's worth noting that the top vote-getter on the GOP side was newcomer Marvin Weiss, a consensus "nice guy". GOP voters, then went off the line when it came to Sofield and Goodman. This is a stinging rebuke of Sofield's heavy-handed leadership style, and shows the drag Theofan had on the party's fortunes. There's a lesson here for both sides. The people want leadership, not dictatorship. They want competent management, not pure patronage appointments. Most of all, they want a government that conducts itself with a dignity that makes those it serves proud of that government. This is the message of the people as voiced yesterday. Public servants that ignore this message do so at their own peril.
Disgusted Homeowner November 09, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Jay Gusler and MeAgains have it right and it won't take a Legislator Tagney to see a Commissioner Tagney. Tommy boy you blew it!
LBLover November 09, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Leadership is what we want. Competent Management is what is needed. I hope they don't fire everyone in city hall there are some great people working there and others who need to go. Example .. Head of Lifeguards has been doing an amazing job working with the surf community...
Eddie November 09, 2011 at 09:22 PM
And higher taxes...
Bryan Goldstein November 09, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Joseph A November 09, 2011 at 10:00 PM
How about we try this,no more Republican versus Democratic mantra. There are 5 elected officials that now are employed by the majority.Let's hope they act in the people's best interest ,and do what is FISCALLY AND MORALLY correct.
LB Resident November 10, 2011 at 12:01 AM
I agree with Bryan. Fagen should clean up himself before he tries to clean up the city of long beach! GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
H.D. Schmitt November 10, 2011 at 12:23 AM
You guys got that right!! Mike Fagen may look good in a suit, but don't let the suit fool you!
Lloyd November 10, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Warren G.....Its not senseless spending and entitlements. It ALL makes sense. It buys votes for the next time around. But who are they gonna pin the blame on then for higher taxes? The "bad guys" have all been driven outta town, except for Denise and Kate. So ya think the life long L.B Dem voters will be gullible enough by the next election to believe that increased spending and taxes was solely the fault of those two Repub. women?
Lucy Centeno November 10, 2011 at 03:36 AM
I can not believe all of you. Long Beach wanted fairness and change. Well the voters got it and people are still not satisfied! We are not ever going to be able to get this community communing again without the good old comarodery (sorry) Long Beach is known for. Come on, give it a rest. Stand together and yes, watch, go to council meetings, make sure they hear you, ASK your questions, but most of all, be a part of Long Beach and its history. If we work together, I know this town will come together for the right reasons. As residents we can definately chip in time and experience to make a better Long Beach.. What business will be first in Long Beach to sponsor a section of Boardwalk? If we think hard enough, I know WE, OURSELVES, can do this. And the bonus is you get to advertise your business on a banner on the BW! I think that's great advertisement. Come on everyone, lets do this!
Barbara J Lee November 11, 2011 at 05:15 AM
Did you all see this? Originally Posted by Merry Go-Round on another Blog/DeRog site: The Democrats have put together a list of firings they are, Sofield Sr. Theofan Lisa & Kevin Remo Laurie "dumb as a post" Buscemi S. Clarkson Joe Brand Kemins & Schuh Paid FD, if Garden City can do away with their paid dept. Dems believe they can. Esp. 5 new hires. Police Dept. most of Det. Div., get rid of boats, motorcycles, no more overtime. Let county run police. Colleen Dodge Gallagher Silva and her daughter Public Relations Purchasing - Rose Corporation Council all attorneys and support staff. Transportation - Debbie causes too much trouble Sanitation & Sewer anyone who Reps hired. Goodbye G. Scott There will be more to come. Who will Dems hire ? Any guessing on who will be our next City Manager?
DR. Jay November 11, 2011 at 05:52 AM
No Truth to that Just Propaganda Barbara about this fire list. I will agree some folks need to go that is in administration. The People of Long Beach have spoke so it is time to move on. Out with the Old and In with the new. Mike Fagen one must worry about self first, We have a Criminal Justice System that will deal with Mr. Fagen this was not about Fagen it was about the People standing up and saying enough is enough. City Hall is terrible and change was needed point blank the end.
Lori November 11, 2011 at 06:20 AM
Is this for real? Someone actually compiled a list of employees to be fired and then posted it for public consumption? You may not like the 'old' administration but posting a 'list' of proposed firings is downright vicious.....I hope your job is secure Barbara J. Lee - you may not have created the post but replicating it is no better....I truly hope this is not a glimpse of the character of what we can expect from our new leaders.
Candygram for Mongo November 11, 2011 at 01:47 PM
To be fair, we shouldn't have people in there who are dumb as a post or cause too much trouble
Barbara J Lee November 11, 2011 at 02:27 PM
You know, Lori, I think I re posted that list for the very reasons mentioned: to alert the incoming group that their supporters may not be so civil nor decent and that we who are not among the group who will be firing and hiring are watching that any changes are based upon sound labor policies and not political retribution. I've had great working relationships with most of these folks.......tho, no, my employment is not contingent on which group is in power......and personally can attest that whoever wrote this list is ignorant and/or grossly mistaken.
Lucy Centeno November 11, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Barbara, I understand why you put the list up. I have to say that some people enjoy making trouble. Whomever put that list together has a grudge with someone. I have lived in this town for over 40 years. While I may not know everyone by name, I DO know LOTS and LOTS of people. It is hard not to know people around town if you have been active here or work here. And yes, people have friends. I would be so out of it if I said that some people that work here are friends with the powers that be. And I am also sure that the NEW council members have friends here as well. I think a person should be QUALIFIED for the job. If they happen to know someone, that is NOT a crime. But I also know there have many applications filled out. A good step would be to go over those apps. and interview IN PERSON, the applicants and see if they can fill whatever position is available. I am for a better and fairer Long Beach, so I say, STOP ALL THE BS and let's move in a positive direction. And by the way, Thank you to all our veterans out there. Have a great day and know you are appreciated by the Rogers and the Centeno family. God Bless each and everyone of you.
John Smith November 11, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Congrats to Fran Adelson(a very sexy, smart woman at 59). I did not vote for Sofield Jr.(just feel like him and his Dad have way too much popwer down here, and Theofan is their politcal hack. I was trying to google Sofiled Sr.'s bio and could not find any info. Is he a lifelong member of LBPD? How did the family accumulate so much power in this town. Also why did Sofield, let Brian O'Neill get away with his narcotic activities for the last 30 years. Thanks,
Will Mossop November 11, 2011 at 07:40 PM
The most important thing to do in the transition is to get an audit of the budget and expenditures. Check on progress of grants, check on financial commitments, check on contracts in motion. Check on revenues. Analyzing taxes and spending is the first step in knowing if the Long Beach Pundits and Government experts are correct about the financial health of the City. This will be the first opportunity to share the books with Democrats on the Council and Voters on the street. First WOW of new administration: If the new government does not keep the Acting Police Commissioner, the cost to taxpayers of retiring him will be astonishing.
laocoon November 11, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Had no idea Fran was 59. She does look good. Sofield, for one thing, owns bars in the West End. That's just the beginning.
Sue November 11, 2011 at 09:46 PM
what if he retires first knowing what ahead?
Candygram for Mongo November 11, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Let's not mince words here: Fran is smokin' hot!
Barbara J Lee November 11, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Amigo, let me clarify: whatever "working" relationship I have had with those mentioned comes from years and years of volunteer "work" for various non profit LB orgs! no dineros ($) changed hands, no benefit to me from either party! neither of which am I registered with. So my motivation is neither shadowy nor shallow! lol love that imagery! Ask Mr James and/or Lucy! we go way back!


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