California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has endorsed Gerrie Schipske in her campaign for Long Beach mayor. “I have known Gerrie Schipske since 1995, when she and I were national finalists for the White House Fellowship Program,” Jones said. “Her passion for public service has only grown since then, and I know Gerrie has the experience and integrity to be outstanding as mayor of the city of Long Beach. As mayor, she would continue her fight to make local government more open and transparent and to protect taxpayers from wasteful spending. Gerrie Schipske is prepared to work hard and dedicate herself to the residents of Long Beach, and I am proud to endorse her.”
In recent weeks, Schipske has also received endorsements from the California Nurses Association and EMILY’s List, an organization that supports electing pro-choice Democratic women to office.
Long Beach resident Rex Richardson, chief-of-staff for 9th District Councilmember Steven Neal, stated this week that he has filed the paperwork necessary to run for the 9th Council District in the 2014 election.
“I am excited to launch this campaign to represent north Long Beach and share my vision for our district with my neighbors,” Richardson said. “As a former community and labor organizer, and current Long Beach City Council chief, I have spent my career working to advance the hopes and dreams of working families in Southern California. I know that making a positive difference and creating meaningful change in the lives of Long Beach residents is my calling, and I am ready to go to work.”
According to the City of Long Beach’s official elections web page, Kareem Muhammad is the latest individual to enter the race for mayor in the 2014 election. At press time, those whose names are listed on the web page as qualified candidates are as follows (names are listed in the order that they filed intention statements.) Candidates for mayor are: Damon Dunn, Jana K. Shields, Gerrie Schipske, Doug Otto, Robert Garcia, Suja Lowenthal and Kareem Muhammad. For city prosecutor: Rosemary Chavez and Doug Haubert. For Council District 1: Jason Aula and Ricardo Linarez. For Council District 3: Martha Flores-Gibson. For Council District 5: Joseph D. Luyben, Stacy Mungo and Carl Kemp. For Council District 7: James Johnson and Larry King. For Council District 9: Steven Neal.