Jeanette Barrera

Long Beach City Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce will face a challenger for her seat when her first term draws to a close next year.

Jeanette Barrera, a resident in the city’s Second District, announced Monday, May 13, that she plans to run for the council seat in the March 3 primary election.

“Together we can restore integrity, professionalism, and constituent service to the Second District,” Barrera said in a statement. “I am honored by the support I’ve already received from so many friends and neighbors across the community for this exciting campaign. I plan to continue to serve the residents and small business owners by providing them the representation they truly deserve.”

A representative for Pearce’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Pearce was the target of a failed recall campaign last year due to what her opponents called ethical lapses and an abuse of trust, stemming from a late-night incident in June 2017, during which California Highway Patrol officers found her and a former chief of staff — with whom, it was later discovered, she was having an affair — arguing on the side of the 710 Freeway. The campaign failed to gather enough signatures for an election, but the City Council censured Pearce for the incident — with Pearce voting in favor of the censure.

Barrera is a mental health provider and has worked with Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health and Children’s Family Court.

According to a statement from her campaign, she plans to address homelessness, housing and parking issues in the district.

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