School Board Recount Reveals Tie, Special Election a Possibility

One vote is currently in question between candidates Tangney and Guma.

It's been nearly 24 hours since Tuesday's election for the Long Beach Board of Education ended, and it appears candidates Darlene Tangney and Gina Guma may be headed to another election.

According to District Attorney Neil Block, Tangney and Guma, the two incumbents in the at-large election with three candidates, are currently tied at 1,618 votes apiece, with one vote in question. Tangney is challenging one of the affidavit votes for Guma, which Tangney claims is not clearly a vote for her fellow trustee.

According Block, it is unclear how one elderly voter checked off one of the ballots, so who she voted for is in dispute. If Guma were to lose the vote in question, she would drop down to 1,617 votes, losing the race for the last at-large bid.

A special election is a possibility, Block said. If there was a run-off election, only the two candidates who tied would enter the election. , would be exempt from the special election.

The run-off election would have to be held within 45 days of the initial vote, which puts the cut-off date at July 1.

Mininsky finished with a total of 1,691 votes.

Guma and Tangney campaigned as a team and cited maintaining and enhancing educational programs as their top priorities, touting the district’s proposed $122.1 million budget as one that preserves all programs or services for students.

Joe LaCrosse May 17, 2012 at 01:21 AM
They're probably cursing and turning on each other already. Imagine the back-biting campaign these two loons would run? The sad thing is that we'd be paying for it. They're both financed by the Democratic Club, so they both have City commissioners' jobs awaiting.
Disgusted Homeowner May 17, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Cat Fight well worth the $ 15,000.00 Probably equal to the districts catering bill if not 1/3 or so . Stu would know.
Disgusted Homeowner May 17, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Darlene to Mike " I could have been somebody. I could have been a contender"
Richiepd May 17, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Patch reported Guma won the second seat. Tangney has now found a way to turn on her friend and try to bump her out on a technicality. Mrs Tangney the voters have spoken. We are tired of your politics and do not want you representing us.
Richard Boodman May 17, 2012 at 02:13 AM
You are not The Real Bear. Attention Joe Kellard. We have an imposter.here. The Real Bear will be back in Long Beach right after Memorial Day. See for yourself. He will be holding court at the Coffee Nut Cafe' in the early mornings.
Mike Velenti May 17, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Tangney wants the LBPD to supervise a recount, with the school district paying the police overtime. Wow, she sure threw her friend under the bus quickly!
True Colors Shining Through May 17, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Steel cage match to decide.
joanne May 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM
These two are the reason tigers eat their young !
Lloyd May 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Mud wrestling on the beach. Winner take all.
The real bear May 17, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Oh I'm the real bear alright. As real as the Tangneys qualifications
Lala May 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I made sure to vote for Stu (yay!) and (IMO, the lesser of 2 evils) Guma, just to make SURE Tangney would have less of a chance to get back in. Let's do the special election. I suspect we can then officially kick Ms. T. to the curb, where she (and her hubby) belongs.
IRISH 4 May 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
if they ran together as a team they should lose together as a team..Minisky can probably do their job too .
IRISH 4 May 17, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Billy -Josephine thinks everyday is Irish day.. ha ha .
Candygram for Mongo May 17, 2012 at 01:51 PM
great idea! Run up that police OT and stick it to the taxpayers!
Our children are what matters!!! May 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Ms. Tangney did good things for our school district and stood up for our children....I don't care about this political game people seem to be vying on...she actually an intelligent, insightful and educated woman who speaks intelligently and has worked these past three years on making decisions that are for the good of our children!!! Too bad these people making these neg comments about her probably have never been to a board of ed meeting nor do they care about what the issue really is here....not her husband....not your own personal vendetta....but the children of this community!!!!!!
Lala May 17, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Thank you for sharing your opinion.
IRISH 4 May 17, 2012 at 03:00 PM
you are assuming they have never been to board meeting and and that they don't care about the issues . I am sure most of them have of have had children in school and are as educated as you about the situation -it is THEIR opinion based on what they have seen and feel .
Richard Boodman May 17, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Imposter.Come to the Coffee Nut after Memorial Day in the morning and go face to face with him.
Neutron May 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Whether Ms. Guma or Tangney win the second seat, I wish those of you that keep saying “it’s about the children” to answer something that neither Ms. Guma nor Tangney did, nor did the PTA allow it to be brought up at the candidates’ forum. For those of you that have seen me post this previously, my apologies, I am not trying to be a broken record. What I am trying to do is get the crowd that thinks the only way to educate our children is to throw more money at them to acknowledge that there may be a better way to do things. So once again…there has been a 45% increase in per pupil spending over the last five years, while at the same time test scores have declined. There has been a staffing increase over the last five years while student enrollment went down by 10%. Would you comment on that? For many voters this had nothing to do with the candidates personally. Though I do know that at the candidates’ forum Ms. Tangney conducted herself in an unprofessional manner, attacking Mr. Mininsky twice for no reason. Additionally, some of her quotes posted since the election do not reflect well on her. But regardless, Ms. Guma and Tangney were our elected representatives on the school board and the data says that educationally things are getting worse in our schools. So people are rightfully holding our elected representatives accountable. Or do they not teach accountability in school anymore? That is why people voted for change on the school board.
The real bear May 17, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Instead of spending money on an election how about calling the person in question? Or is that against the law?
IRISH 4 May 17, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I just want to ask a question when they say they are spending 45% more on each child how do they calculate that . Is it books is it extray classes ,special teacher or is the budget divided up and 45% they say 45% of that is for the kids when in truth nothing extra has been given to the kids .And where are they going if not lb high school -I thought we were taking from Island park now .
Lala May 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Neutron: Well said, as usual.
Candygram for Mongo May 17, 2012 at 03:58 PM
rats. foiled again.
Richard Boodman May 17, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Imposter. Meet the Real Bear at the Coffe Nut Cafe and explain to him why you are using his name. He will be there after Memorial Day. Ask Cindy to point him out if you are afraid to ask for him by name. Why would anyone want to read comments by a person who uses another person's name? The Bear is and has been an institution in Long Beach.
The real bear May 17, 2012 at 05:22 PM
The real bear only does Starbucks
Neutron May 17, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Thank you. But as usual none of the more money crowd wants to address the issue.
ken May 17, 2012 at 06:32 PM
what is her educational backround did she even finish high school? college? why should I want her to be involved in my kids education?
Candygram for Mongo May 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
i am the real bear. I will come to the coffe nut cafe - just name the time
Neutron May 17, 2012 at 08:20 PM
At the candidates forum Ms. Tangney implied that she graduated from Long Beach High School. I do not recall her mentioning having any college education. But to be fair, that does not mean she is not an intelligent person.
IRISH 4 May 17, 2012 at 08:44 PM


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