Redondo’s off-year elections draw crowded fields for council, schools
by Donald Morrison
Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand will face three challengers in the March 2 city election. The election will also see Redondo Beach residents voting to fill three council seats, the city attorney’s position and three vacant seats on the Redondo Beach Unified School District Board of Education. Unlike neighboring cities, Redondo did not align its upcoming election date with the general elections.
Mayor Brand, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2019, will face Chris Voisey, a chief technology officer and community volunteer; Michael Ian Sachs, a retired Chevron employee who ran for mayor in 2017; and Shayne Hartman, a proposal analyst from Northrop Grumman.
In District 1, which covers south of Torrance Boulevard, incumbent Nils Nehrenheim will run for reelection against challenger Brad Waller, who is currently serving his last term on the Board of Education.
In District 2, incumbent Todd Loewenstein will be challenged by Paul David Moses, a public art advocate; and Erika Snow Robinson, a director of operations at a real estate group. District 2 extends from Torrance Boulevard north to 190th Street, and east from the harbor to Prospect Avenue.
In District 4, incumbent John Graham is being challenged by employment and business attorney Zein Obagi. District 4 is bordered on the south by 190th Street, on the north by Artesia Boulevard, on the west by Stanford Street and on the east by Hawthorne Boulevard.
City Attorney Michael Webb will be defending his position from challenger Harden Sooper, a Deputy District Attorney.
School board incumbents Brad Serkin, Michael Christianson and Brad Waller are not seeking reelection.
The eight school board candidates competing for the three vacant seats are: • Keith Arnold, a business development executive at Hays Companies. • Jerome Chang, founder of the co-working company BlankSpaces.
• Karen F. Cull, a former professor and a student at the California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Fellowship Program.
• Dan Elder, a senior engineer at Novacoast. • Kimberlee H. Isaacs, a senior operations director at Lease Advisors.
• Rachel Silverman Nemeth, an attorney with Voss Silverman and Braybrooke. • Rolf Curtis Strutzenberg, a community volunteer.
• Margo Trone, an independent consultant. ER
by Jen Ezpeleta