By Samwell Favela / Contributing writer
The crowd applauded as Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia was sworn into office Tuesday, July 15.
He has hired LBCC Director of Communications Mark Taylor as his chief of staff and appointed LBCC Trustee Doug Otto as his transition chair.
Also, LBCC Trustee Roberto Uranga has vacated his seat to become a city councilman.
Garcia had entered his election party aboard the Queen Mary on Tuesday, June 3.
Garcia posed for pictures and answered questions from people around him.
“I love Robert Garcia. My wife loves him and my kids love him,” Rick Taylor, 61, a political consultant, said.
With only being about 50 votes ahead and the whole night against his opponent Damon Dunn, former LBCC teacher and public relations employee Garcia was on edge. It was not until later the next morning when Garcia found out he was about 1,000 votes ahead and was assured he won the race.
“I’m most thankful for all the students and volunteers who helped out in this election,” Garcia said.
With Garcia winning the election, he is not only the first Latino mayor of Long Beach, but the first openly gay mayor of Long Beach.