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LONG BEACH >> Robert Garcia election as mayor was one of firsts and represented a turning of other pages in the city history.
He is the youngest to win the office at age 36. He is the first openly gay mayor, and he is the first Latino leader in a city where Hispanics and Latinos are the largest demographic group at 40.8 percent of the population, according census data.
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Garcia, the vice mayor, 1st District councilman and USC adjunct professor, finished with 52.1 percent of the vote Tuesday with real estate investor and former NFL player Damon Dunn trailing at 47.9 percent, a difference of 1,898 votes. The unofficial vote count was 23,296 for Garcia and 21,398 in Dunn column.
Turnout was 17.6 percent, remarkably lower than the last comparable election, in 2006, when 28.8 percent of the electorate cast a ballot.
The historic win means Garcia, born in Peru, is set to become the 28th mayor of Long Beach when he takes over July 15 from Foster.
After breakfast Wednesday following an election night that stretched to 2 Garcia said his administration will be about transitioning from the recession and accepting Long Beach responsibility as a big http://www.coltsonlineprostore.com/WOMENS-ARTHUR-JONES-JERSEY.html city.
made so much great progress on ensuring we stayed fiscally responsible, Garcia said. need to keep that policy in place. We need to Kelvin Sheppard Womens Jersey make sure we don overspend, that we are living within Kelvin Sheppard Authentic Jersey our means and growing at a rate we can afford. areas to take on include thinking proactively about what changes in health care, the technology sector what Garcia called the economy will mean for jobs. He expected more job growth in the health industry, with such companies as Molina Health Care expanding, and continuing development in the Douglas Park area as Mercedes Benz opens a facility there.
Focus was turning on Wednesday to Garcia transition team, something he intends to announce today. The team will immediately take up the budget, which must be unveiled by the beginning of August.
The army of campaign volunteers that both sides credited with Garcia victory was dormant the day after the election.
important for them to rest and celebrate their win, Garcia said. want them to be proud. Hakeem Nicks Colts Jersey It as much their win as it is mine or anyone else times are coltsonlineprostore.com/WOMENS-LARON-LANDRY-JERSEY.html ahead Gordon, president and CEO of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, a big Dunn supporter this election cycle, allowed Wednesday that he has had better days.
But he said he is happy for Garcia historic accomplishment.
think voters had a great opportunity to choose from two very talented and energetic young people, Gordon said. was a very close race. chamber, and Gordon in particular, has clashed with Foster whom they initially supported eight years ago almost since his first moment in office.
Gordon believes Garcia will be a good consensus builder as city government transitions to a new era in July with five new council members, four of them under age 41.
really optimistic about our future, said Gordon. think good times are ahead. plans
With the race finished, the 38 year old Dunn said his calendar was empty after about 18 months of campaigning. His immediate plans include spending more time with his young daughter, starting on Wednesday by picking her up from school. He intends stay in Long Beach and remain involved in the community and is looking forward to watching students at the Long Beach College Prep Academy, a program he helped found that helps low income children go to college.