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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.

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
THEY RAN AS A TEAM THEY SHOULD LOSE AS A TEAM....

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