The first Cambodian woman candidate will seek a seat on the City Council—potentially against one of Long Beach’s most famed sons, no less.
Suely Saro, who has served the Long Beach community in various capacities over the years, announced Wednesday her campaign to run for the 6th District council seat up for grabs in 2020.
The seat is currently held by Dee Andrews, a Poly football alum who has held the seat for 12 years, and could possibly seek another four years. He said he will announce whether he is running in the summer.
Saro said in a statement this week that she’s running to “bring people together” and “make positive changes.”
“I understand the importance of listening, working in partnerships, and building consensus to ensure all voices are represented in decision making,” she said.
A current social work professor at Cal State Los Angeles and commissioner for Long Beach’s Citizen Police Complaint Commission, Saro has worn many hats in her service to the community, including roles focusing on Central Long Beach and its Cambodian community.