Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election this year, and he also ruled out a run for mayor of Long Beach.

“I value my time as an elected representative of the people, but the time has come for new challenges and opportunities,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “I assure you that I will continue working hard to make our communities and neighborhoods a better place. I look forward to seeing the city of Long Beach meet the challenges it faces, including electing a new mayor who will commit to not defunding the police and promptly and effectively address the homelessness crisis.”

O’Donnell’s name has surfaced as a possible contender to replace Mayor Robert Garcia, who is running for Congress. Garcia praised O’Donnell on Twitter Wednesday, saying he “has been a friend and colleague since our time on the City Council together.”

“He’s been a great partner and Long Beach is incredibly grateful for his leadership,” Garcia wrote. “Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do for our community.”

O’Donnell has represented the 70th Assembly District since 2014. The district was reconfigured in the recent redistricting process, and is now the 69th District, covering parts of Long Beach and Carson.

“I want to thank everyone I’ve worked with to make our community better, including my family, staff, friends and colleagues who have sacrificed so much over the years to move our agenda forward,” O’Donnell said in his statement. “… I look forward to seeing all of you in the neighborhood and continuing our efforts to improve our neighborhoods, schools and communities.”

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