The November election results have officially been certified by Los Angeles County election officials, and updated vote counts showed that over 43% of Long Beach registered voters cast ballots.
Mayor-elect Rex Richardson performed similarly to the June election when he won seven out of nine City Council districts. He also expanded a 7-point election night lead over Councilmember Suzie Price to ultimately win by over 13 points, according to final vote counts from the county. His 63,184 votes are the most to be cast for mayor in city history.
The largest margin for Richardson among the nine districts was in the 2nd City Council district, where Richardson gained over 4,000 more votes than Price.
Price’s biggest haul came in the 3rd City Council district, which she represented for the past eight years, where she bested Richardson by 2,614 votes. Price had a total of 48,352 votes in the November election.
East Long Beach again led the way in voter participation with the 3rd District (60%), 4th District (59%) and 5th District (58%), which now includes parts of Bixby Knolls and Los Cerritos, outperforming the rest of the city in voter turnout.
The district with the lowest number of votes cast was the 7th District in West Long Beach, which saw only 6,044 ballots turned in, though that represented 31% of registered voters. The 9th District, which Richardson represented as a council member for the past eight years, actually saw the lowest turnout of all nine districts by percentage (28%) but had 7,402 ballots cast.
A total of 6,103 ballots did not include a vote for mayor, according to county data.
Here’s how voters cast ballots for mayor in the November election:
In the 42nd Congressional District race, meanwhile, Mayor Robert Garcia performed slightly better in Long Beach (69%) than the rest of the district, which stretches north into Southeast Los Angeles. Garcia received about 50% of his 99,217 votes for Congress from Long Beach.
Higher voter turnout rates could be more normal in Long Beach elections after Measures LBC and LBU also were adopted by voters in November. The two ballot measures will align the city's election dates with the state's cycle, so citywide office elections will be held in June and November and be linked to gubernatorial contests, while even-numbered City Council district elections will be held in March and November of the presidential election cycles.