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There's A New History Making Mayor In Long Beach

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Robert Garcia is making history in Long Beach. He'll be the youngest mayor, the first latino elected to the office and the first openly gay man to serve. He says,"I want to be the best mayor I can be for Long Beach. "The 36 year old future mayor says he knew at a young age he wanted to pursue a career in public service. He's an immigrant from Peru. His parents moved to the United States when he was only five.

It's not the first time, Garcia makes history in the Long beach political arena. 5 years ago, he became the youngest city council member then he became Vice Mayor. Now, he's at it again as the Mayor of Long Beach. But it won't be easy being mayor of a city with half a million residents, a city with one of the largest seaports in the United States and one with a growing crime rate. Still, Garcia remains undaunted. He says, "The future of Long Beach is very bright. The future of Long Beach is going to be about supporting each other and having a stronger economic climate and bringing more businesses." When asked what advice he can give young kids about following their dreams, he says, "Work hard and when you're tired, work harder. Don't ever take anything for granted and don't take this country for granted."

Garcia takes office on July 15.

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