|(March 13, 2021, 11:25 a.m.) -- Three of five Long Beach Council incumbents have filed early paperwork forming committee that can raise money for their re-election in 2022: Mary Zendejas (CD 1), Suzie Price (CD 3) and Rex Richardson (CD 9).
The FPPC paperwork (a "statement of organization" and "candidate intention statement") lets them raise funds but doesn't commit them to follow-through in seeking those offices...and in most cases they can switch sums raised to pursue other offices.
Richardson, chosen in mid-Dec. 2020 by the Council as its Vice Mayor on a 5-4 vote (LBREPORT.com coverage here), has already begun raising money. In a March 10 Zoomed campaign event, Richardson touted the presence of former 8th district Council candidate Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, who raised large sums but finished second to incumbent Al Austin in November 2020.
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Richardson, a speculated Mayoral candidate if incumbent Robert Garcia exits for some position in the Biden or Newsom administrations, has already held his first Councilmatic re-election fundraiser (March 10). Richardson's fundraiser touted the presence of Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, who finished second in a 2020 election to try to unseat 8th dist. Council incumbent Al Austin (who sought a third term backed Mayor Garcia and LB's police and firefighter unions.)
Richardson and Price are both effectively exploiting Charter Amendment BBB (that Council incumbents unanimously voted to put on the 2018 ballot and LB's Reform Coalition opposed) in which LB voters (after a six figure campaign by Mayor-run committee) voted to let two term incumbents avoid a write-in when seeking third terms. As of March 13 there's no reelection paperwork publicly on file (with plenty of time to spare) for incumbents Stacy Mungo (CD 5) and Roberto Uranga (CD 7)
Zendejas, elected in a no-runoff Nov. 2019 special election to fill the CD 1 Council seat vacated by then-CD 1 incumbent (now state Senator) Lena Gonzalez will be seeking her first full four year term in 2022. She was elected with the help of three $10,000 contributions from Garcia, Gonzalez and the LB police officers union PAC, that skirted LB contribution limits to candidate-run campaigns by giving the $30,000 to the LB Firefighters Ass'n PAC which then ran its own "independent" campaign supporting Zendejas.
There's no 2022 paperwork publicly on file at this point for citywide electeds Mayor, Auditor, City Attorney and City Prosecutor.
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