Current 70th District Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal confirmed simmering rumors Tuesday when her campaign consultant said they will soon be confirming the political powerhouse’s bid for mayor.

“I think the best you can get out of us is that we’ll confirm we’re going to run on Thursday,” campaign consultant Mike Shimpock told the Press-Telegram

Lowenthal, 73, has a rich history in Long Beach politics, having served as the 1st District councilmember from 2001 to 2008 before moving into her current seat at the Assembly. She is currently serving her third and final term at the state level. 

BLowenthal 2013 Official Photo - CroppedRumors had been circling for months surrounding Lowenthal’s possible bid but nothing was officially confirmed until this week. Lowenthal is the seventh candidate to announce their intent to run for the top position in one of the state’s largest cities. This election season, she will join Damon Dunn, Robert Garcia, former daughter-in-law Suja Lowenthal, Doug Otto, Gerrie Schipske and Jana Shields. Mayor Bob Foster announced over the summer that he would not be running for a third term as a write-in. 

Lowenthal will formally announce her mayoral campaign at a press conference on Thursday. According to the Long Beach City Clerk’s website, she filed her paperwork to run today. 

Election Day is April 8, 2014 and elected officials will assume office beginning July 15 of next year.

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