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Long Beach Dems pick City Council slate

Long Beach Democrats have announced their slate for this year's City Council race -- a group that includes two incumbents and a Working Families Party member.

Anthony Eramo, a Verizon field technician and first-time candidate, will join City Council president Scott Mandel and member Eileen Goggin in the Democrats' drive to take total control of the board.

The party has four of the five seats, and the lone Republican -- John C. McLaughlin -- is not seeking re-election.

The Democrats will oppose Republican challengers Janna Jachniewicz, Damian Walsh and Mike Franceschini. The top two vote-getters will win four-year terms, and the third-place finisher earns a two-year term.

Eramo is a nine-year resident of Long Beach who is renting a home in nearby East Atlantic Beach while his home in Long Beach's West End is repaired from damage done by superstorm Sandy. He said rebuilding from the storm and sticking up for the "working class folks" of Long Beach are his priorities.

"After Sandy, seeing all of my neighbors coming together and taking care of each other" prompted him to run, he said.

Mandel was elected in 2011, and Goggin was appointed this year. Mandel works as an attorney with a Roslyn Heights firm. Goggin, an attorney, is a law secretary in the state's Unified Court System and served as a deputy Nassau County attorney from 2003 to 2010.

Franceschini is a former criminal investigator with the U.S. Department of the Treasury who works as a forensic investigations contractor.

Jachniewicz, an attorney, runs the contracts department for a New York City financial firm. Walsh is a fifth-grade teacher at Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway.

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