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Mayor Robert Garcia talks to a crowd of several hundred last week at the grand opening celebration for Long Beach's new Civic Center.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has an eye on what his future may hold once he leaves the city’s top post.

Garcia has filed a statement of intent to run for state lieutenant governor in the 2026 election, according to the California Secretary of State’s website.

“The Long Beach Municipal Code requires local candidates with excess campaign funds to transfer them within a year of the election cycle,” spokesman Mark Taylor said in a statement. “Mayor Garcia has transferred his funds to a lieutenant governor committee in 2026, when a third term as mayor would conclude. He’s made no final decisions about his future and is looking forward to continuing his work as Mayor of Long Beach. He loves our city and our state.”

Garcia was first elected Long Beach mayor in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. An election for his third term would take place in 2022.

Documents from the Secretary of State’s office show Garcia’s committee was created Monday, Aug. 5.

Taylor said approximately $161,000 was transferred to the new committee. But Chris Miller, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office, said that as of Tuesday, Aug. 6, the committee had not yet reported any contributions.

The latest statement from Garcia’s 2018 committee, filed Tuesday, July 30, showed he had about $142,000 to roll over.

When asked about why Garcia didn’t choose to move the funds to an account for a 2022 mayoral bid, Taylor noted that Long Beach law does not allow candidates to open committees until a year prior to the race. So, Taylor said, “the earliest he could open a mayor’s account is 2021.”

As for why Garcia chose to create a committee for a lieutenant governor bid, rather than any of the other available options, Taylor said, “lieutenant governor is an office he would consider, but no decisions have been made.”

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