Los Alamitos Mayor withdraws bid for Long Beach congressional seat

February 13, 2012 by  

The Mayor of Los Alamitos says he’s dropping out of the race for Long Beach’s congressional seat because he feels making a run for State Assembly is a better fit for his goals for the California. Republican Troy Edgar may enjoy greater name recognition as a candidate for the 72nd Assembly District in western Orange County than he would in the race for the 47th Congressional District. The 47th district is based in Long Beach and covers Los Alamitos and Cypress eastward to Garden Grove.

Edgar believes he can help move California into a place of prosperity as the state has reached a critical point in its history, according to Edgar. California must provide a supportive environment where businesses can prosper and job growth can take place, Edgar said in a news release. Edgar expressed his excitement about the prospect of taking his business and government experience to the State Capitol.

Edgar, a Navy veteran, has $456,349 in available cash, according to his most recent Federal Election Commission report. All but about $50,000 were loans he made to his campaign fund. Taking advantage of postcard printing asking constituents for financial support may help Edgar boost the number of dollars in his campaign coffer.

Democratic State Senator Alan Lowenthal,of Long Beach, along with Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong and former U.S. Representative Steve Kuykendall of Long Beach, both Republicans, remain in the race for the 47th congressional seat now that Edgar has set his sights on the Assembly.