Former City Attorney Endorses Carl Kemp for 5th District Council Seat
2013-10-24 · By Editor
Former Long Beach City Attorney Robert Shannon announced his endorsement of Carl Kemp for the 5th Council District seat today. Shannon, who retired in July, served as Long Beach City Attorney for 14 years – totaling an impressive 39 years in the City Attorney’s office.
“In my time in the City Attorney’s office, I’ve worked with 29 City Council members, two Mayors, four City Managers, and six Police Chiefs,” Shannon said. “I know when someone will be a real leader for our city. Carl will be the kind of leader who will drive positive change in this community. He says what he means, not just what he thinks people want to hear. He has always held himself accountable to the citizens of this city, and I know he’ll continue to do that on the City Council.”
In accepting the endorsement, Carl Kemp praised Shannon for all he has done for the City of Long Beach. “Robert Shannon has had a long and distinguished career as our City Attorney, and I admire the work that he’s done and the impact that he’s made on Long Beach,” said Kemp. “It’s an honor to receive this endorsement.”
Carl Kemp is a longtime Long Beach resident, public servant, and advocate for our community. He 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. Carl formerly served as Director of Community Relations and Government Affairs for the Port of Long Beach and as a Manager of Communications and Government Administration under former City Managers Jim Hankla, Henry Taboada, and Jerry Miller. He earned his BA and MPA from Long Beach State, where he served two terms as Student Body President. Carl, his fiancée, Claudia Gutierrez, and their daughters live in El Dorado Park Estates.