Why I am voting for Rick Caruso for mayor. Voters explain their choice at a debate.
(Posted Fri. Nov. 1, 2013 11:57 am)
Rick Caruso, a two-time candidate for alderman and vice chairman of the Port Commission, will face incumbent Mayor Frank McDonald in a Dec. 5 mayoral runoff election, the third time the mayor and Caruso have squared off in a race that has been closely followed for months.
This year’s mayoral election, which is between Caruso and McDonald, could be the most closely watched in the city’s history.
Caruso, a perennial candidate who ran for city council last year as an independent candidate, is a former president of the Long Beach Association of Black Professionals. He has spent the last two years as chairman of the Board of Trade and served on that board as a member for 22 years. He has two children who attend De Anza High School.
McDonald is a four-term alderman who was elected mayor in 2010 at the age of 35, after a decade on city council. He is also a vice chairman of the Port of Long Beach and was previously vice chairman of the board of trustees at Long Beach State University.
He ran unopposed in a June primary election.
The two will square off on Dec. 5 at the Long Beach Convention Center at 5 p.m. Caruso said that he is familiar with the voters because he has been campaigning and campaigning his family’s life for many years.
“I have been involved in the black community for a long time,” said Caruso. “My children went to Long Beach Hills High School. They are students of color.”
“I have been involved in politics for a long time,” McDonald said. “I am very familiar with the voters. Like my wife and my children, who go to Long Beach Hills High School, they are students of color.”
McDonald said that he has