Long Beach Community Advocate Carl Kemp Announces Candidacy For City Council

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Carl Kemp announced his candidacy for the Long Beach City Council

Carl Kemp announced his candidacy for the Long Beach City Council

Longtime Long Beach resident, public servant, and community advocate Carl Kemp officially announced his candidacy Monday for the Long Beach City Council in the 5th District to succeed current Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Gerrie Schipske.

“I am excited to announce my candidacy for City Council and for the opportunity to serve the people of Long Beach again,” said Kemp, who served the City of Long Beach for over a decade before starting his own business. “I’ve made my life in Long Beach, and Long Beach has made my life. I love my neighborhood, my neighbors, my district, and my city. As a father and proud Long Beach neighbor, my goal on the City Council will be to keep our community a great place to live, work, and raise a family – now and in the future.”

Carl Kemp has been a Long Beach resident for over 20 years. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles before coming to Long Beach State to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree and, later, his Master of Public Administration. During college he served for two terms as the Student Body President.

After college, Carl became a Legislative Assistant to the City Council and was soon hired by City Manager Jim Hankla to oversee Government Affairs, where he acted as the go-to support professional on a wide range of issues, including state and federal grant procurement, the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, and the Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative. Carl served as the City Manager’s liaison to neighboring cities, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, the Southern California Association of Governments, the League of California Cities, the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Congressional Black Caucus. He went on to serve under City Managers Henry Taboada and Jerry Miller.

After his tenure with the City Manager’s Office, Carl was tapped to oversee the Port of Long Beach’s newly-created Community Relations and Government Affairs Division. During his time there, Carl was instrumental in securing millions of dollars in funding for the Gerald Desmond Bridge reconstruction, the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, the Green Port Open House, and the Harbor Arbor Urban Reforestation Program.

Today, Carl owns his own business, working with a wide range of clients throughout the community including businesses, the Port of Long Beach, and non-profit organizations like the Boys and Girls Club. In addition to his degrees from Long Beach State, he holds a certificate in leadership from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Carl, his fiancée, Claudia Gutierrez, and their daughters live in El Dorado Park Estates.

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