Long Beach provided me with an opportunity to put down roots, build a family, and spend every day making our community a better place for every resident.

I've seen the results of what happens when neighbors come together and create change. I'm ready to bring this same spirit of unity and collaboration as our next Mayor. Let's work together to build a Long Beach where every neighborhood and resident is healthy, safe, and thriving.”



Rex Richardson has risen above adversity in his life and knows firsthand the work and determination needed for families to climb into the middle class. He's among the first generation of his family to attend college, worked as a community organizer, and dedicated his career to serving the needs of the Long Beach community.

As Long Beach's Vice Mayor, Rex has tackled the city's biggest challenges and delivered results for our city including: 

Restoring vital public safety services — like Paramedic Rescue 12 in North Long Beach — that led to reducing the time it takes for firefighters to reach people who need their help.

Leading the effort to build Long Beach's first municipal homeless shelter, which has helped unhoused individuals move off the streets.

Investing in mental health and domestic violence services to address the root causes of homelessness.

Rex believes in trusting women with the freedom to make their own decisions around their reproductive health. In Long Beach, he's worked to increase survival rates for mothers and infants.

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    Long Beach, CA —Today, United States Senator Alex Padilla announced his endorsement of Vice Mayor Rex Richardson in the race for Long Beach Mayor.


    I'm proud to endorse Vice Mayor Rex Richardson for Mayor of Long Beach. Rex has consistently delivered for Long Beach working families,” said Senator Padilla. “As Mayor, he will continue working to solve homelessness, fight for cleaner air and open spaces, and restore public safety services. I know that Rex will stand up for our values, and I look forward to partnering with him to ensure that Long Beach remains a city in which all can thrive.”


    Senator Padilla was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2021 and served as California’s Secretary of State before his appointment. He’s fighting in the Senate to defend democracy and the right to vote, protect our environment, increase access to health care, and uplift working families.

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