Richardson extends lead for mayor in latest update from county election officials

Councilmember Rex Richardson continued to increase his lead in the Long Beach mayor’s race over Councilmember Suzie Price Monday as updated election results from Los Angeles County showed Richardson now with over 55% of the vote.

Richardson’s lead has steadily increased since election night, when he held a nearly 7-point lead over Price. Now, that lead has grown to more than 10.5 points.

It’s unclear how many ballots are left to be counted in Long Beach. County election officials, who administer elections for the city and nearly 90 others in the county, said Saturday it had over 739,000 ballots still to count.

Monday’s update included 191,312 new ballots and brings countywide voter turnout to about 32%, according to the county.

Other leaders in Long Beach races continued to increase their leads. Megan Kerr, the LBSUD board president who is running for the city’s 5th City Council district seat, now leads political consultant Ian Patton by 972 votes.

Kerr and Patton had been separated by as little as 113 votes, but Kerr’s lead has grown with every election update since then.

Measure Q, the $1.7 billion bond measure proposed by LBUSD to help update school campuses through increased property taxes, also continued to trend in the direction of passing. Monday’s update showed over 59% of votes counted were in favor of passing the bond measure, up about half a point from Saturday’s update from the county.

The next scheduled update from the county is expected Tuesday afternoon. County election officials are expected to certify the election results in early December and newly elected officials in Long Beach will assume office Dec. 20.

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Jason Ruiz has been covering City Hall for the Post for nearly a decade. A Long Beach resident, Ruiz graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in journalism. He and his wife Kristina and, most importantly, their dog Mango, live in Long Beach. He is a particularly avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the UCLA Bruins, which is why he sometimes comes to work after the weekend in a grumpy mood.