Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia

Dr. Robert Garcia is a City Council member in the City of Long Beach, California. He represents the First Councilmanic District, which includes large areas of downtown, parts of the Port of Long Beach, and some of the densest and most diverse urban areas in the nation.
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  • 2014
    Age 36
    He won the mayoral election on June 3, 2014 with 52.1% of the vote, defeating Damon Dunn.
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    In 2014 Garcia ran for Mayor of Long Beach.
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    He received 25.4% of the vote in the April 8, 2014 election, finishing first in a field of 10 mayoral candidates. In the runoff election between Garcia and fellow candidate Damon Dunn (22.3% of the vote) on June 3, Garcia won with 52% of the vote, and took office on July 15, 2014
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  • 2013
    Age 35
    In July 2013, Garcia announced his candidacy for Mayor of Long Beach.
    In July 2013, after Bob Foster announced he would not seek re-election, Garcia entered the race for Long Beach Mayor.
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  • 2012
    Age 34
    In July 2012, he was unanimously elected to a two-year term as Vice Mayor by the City Council, becoming the first Latino Vice Mayor in Long Beach and the youngest in the City's history (Press Telegram, July 18, 2012).
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  • 2010
    Age 32
    He was reelected in April 2010 by a margin of more than 40 percentage points.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    In 2009, Garcia defeated six other candidates, including a former First District Councilmember, to win the seat vacated when Bonnie Lowenthal was elected to the California State Assembly in 2008.
    After being elected on April 13, 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Bonnie Lowenthal, Garcia became the youngest person, the first Latino male, and the first gay person of color to be elected to the Long Beach City Council.
  • 2007
    Age 29
    In 2007, Garcia founded the Long Beach Post, a website devoted to local news and sports reporting.
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    Garcia changed his party to Democratic around 2007.
  • 2005
    Age 27
    In 2005, he founded and was president of the Long Beach Young Republicans; he worked as chief of staff for Long Beach City Councilmember Frank Colonna and ran Colonna's 2006 mayoral campaign.
  • 2000
    Age 22
    Originally a Republican, Garcia served as California Youth Coalition Coordinator for the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign while in college.
  • 1977
    Born on December 2, 1977.
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