Long Beach Legend Mack Calvin announced his endorsement of City Councilwoman Suzie Price for Long Beach City Mayor.
The endorsement comes on the heels of Price raising $300,000 in four weeks and receiving endorsements from Long Beach Unified School District Board Member Doug Otto, Long Beach Councilmembers Daryl Supernaw and Stacy Mungo, and Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, among others.
“As a resident of this great city for over 60 years, I am proud to support and endorse Suzie Price for Mayor of Long Beach,” says Calvin. “Suzie is a committed, tenacious community advocate and leader that has a keen understanding of the issues impacting all our communities from crime, public safety, homelessness and affordable housing. I strongly endorse her for Mayor of Long Beach!”
Mack Calvin has more than 40 years of experience at the college professional level as a basketball player, coach, general manager and administrator. After graduating from the University of Southern California (USC) with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1970, Calvin began his professional basketball career in the American Basketball Association (ABA). He played for 12 years as a point guard, ending his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Mack was a five time all-star, five time all-pro, three-time 1st team, and two-time 2nd team all-pro. After completing his professional career, Calvin began his 30 year career coaching for various basketball teams from the high school to the professional level. He has been inducted into the 2020 Long Beach Century Club Hall of Fame, the City of Long Beach, California Hall of Fame in 1970, and the Long Beach City College Hall of Fame in 1970. He was also declared as one of the top 10 players of all time in the ABA. Mack is greatly involved in philanthropic endeavors, including CEO of the Mack Calvin Foundation, and a member of the Athlete Career Transition Program at USC and the NBA Retired Players’ Association Mentoring Program.
“Mack Calvin is a Long Beach legend. Like many in our community, including myself, his childhood presented many challenges that he had to overcome,” says Price. “He did so in the most inspirational way. A homegrown Long Beach kid, he became a world-class athlete who competed in the most prestigious forums. His contributions as a player and a coach in the sport of basketball and his continuing commitment to inspiring the youth in our community to believe in themselves is remarkable. He cares deeply about the city and the fact that he believes in my ability to lead our city in a positive and united way means a great deal to me. I look forward to continuing being a part of Mack’s youth development efforts. As I have said to the young adults that I have mentored for over 20 years, everyone has something special about them and everyone has the opportunity to achieve greatness. Thank you, Mack, for reminding us of this American reality.”
Mom, Councilwoman, Small Business Owner, and Deputy District Attorney, Suzie Price is running for Mayor to get Long Beach back to basics, with a competent and functional City Government focused on improving the quality of life for its residents. Elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018, Price was the first Democrat elected to Council District 3 in 42 years. On the City Council, Suzie has worked across district lines to focus on homelessness, public safety, street repair, infrastructure investment, improving and expanding our green spaces, and ensuring Long Beach remains a place where you can afford to buy a home and start a business. Suzie and her husband Mark, a military veteran, have lived in Long Beach for 20 years where they are raising their two boys.