• Matt Esnayra

Councilmember Rex Richardson runs for Long Beach mayor

Photo via Richardson's Facebook page

Vice Mayor Rex Richardson launched his bid for the mayor of Long Beach Monday.

Why it matters:

Richardson, age 38, is primarily viewed as the establishment's chosen candidate to replace Robert Garcia, who announced in December he is running for Congress. Vice Mayor Richardson is the current President of the Southern California Association of Government and has been on the Long Beach City Council since 2014. He has slowly built up his political presence, starting as former Long Beach Councilmember Steve Neal's chief of staff to just recently being elected to the powerful South Coast Air Quality Management District's Governing Board in 2020.

  • The domino effect of Garcia's decision to run for congress has opened the door for Richardson to run for Mayor, but his decsison to run for a city-wide office has left the 9th district council seat wide open.

  • Should Richardson win the mayoral election, he would become Long Beach's first African-American Mayor.

What they're saying: "Long Beach provided me with an opportunity to put down roots, build a family, and spend every day making our community a better place for every resident," Richardson said in a statement. "I've seen the results of what happens when neighbors come together and create change. I'm ready to bring this same spirit of unity and collaboration to our entire city Mayornext Mayor."

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