Bendo said he is running to bring smart, ethical and resident-focused leadership to the Long Beach City Council. He wants residents’ interests to be the driving factor in decision-making. He has been a leading opponent of the developer iStar’s requests for tax breaks on the Superblock property. He worked to reopen the West End library after superstorm Sandy. Bendo said he is extremely concerned about the city’s mounting debt crisis, maintaining the middle-class identity of the community and enhancing the general quality of life for city residents.
Bendo, 55, is running on the Democratic Party line. He earned an associate degree in engineering science from Farmingdale State College, a Bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power program. He served six years in the U.S. Navy. Bendo is the Business Development Manager for Clean Energy Technologies at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is president of the West End Neighbors Civic Association and founder of Long Beach Movies on the Beach. For the past seven years, he has been a member of an advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for increasing United States exports. He is married.