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Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Running For Mayor

By George Economides - Publisher

March 21, 2013 - Two-term Long Beach Councilmember Gerrie Schipske issued a statement at 1 p.m. today declaring her candidacy for mayor of Long Beach. The primary is in April 2014 and runoff, if necessary, in June 2014.

Schipske, who represents the 5th Council District (Northeast Long Beach, including the Long Beach Airport) said she is running because “Long Beach deserves a Mayor that’s committed to fixing local problems and moving our great city forward. I am running for Mayor to create quality local jobs, protect our quality of life, and make City Hall more efficient so we can keep our kids safe by putting more police on our streets and expanding after school programs.”

She is the third individual to officially declare her candidacy (Damon Dunn and Jana Shields are the others), while local attorney Doug Otto announced recently that he formed an exploratory committee for a possible run at the city’s top post. Mayor Bob Foster has yet to announce if he will seek a third term. If he does, he would need to run as a write-in candidate for the primary.

For more information on the 2014 Long Beach elections, read the March 26 issue of the Business Journal.