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Councilman Johnson To Run For Long Beach City Attorney

September 4, 2013 – Seventh District Councilman James Johnson announced today he is running for the office of city attorney, an open seat due to the retirement of Long Beach's previous city attorney, Robert Shannon.

In doing so, Johnson is giving up what was considered a slam-dunk win to serve a second term on the city council. Charles Parkin, the  interim city attorney who served as the assistant city attorney under Shannon, is also a candidate for the city attorney’s post.

“I believe I have the experience, education and proven leadership to be the strong leader that Long Beach deserves as its next city attorney,“ Johnson said in a prepared statement.

The announcement means there will be a minimum of five new councilmembers next year; most likely six, with an expected victory by 4th District Councilman Patrick O’Donnell in his bid for state assembly, and up to seven, if 2nd District Councilmember Suja Lowenthal is successful in her mayoral run.

Johnson, who served as assistant city auditor for Long Beach prior to running for city council, currently teaches law at California State University, Long Beach. He has a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University and a law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Johnson and his wife, Nicole, have two children.