Seventeen Candidates File to Run for Mayor and City Council

Mayor Tornek, Councilmembers Masuda and Madison, will face challengers; Hampton will run unopposed. District 2 field still open on extended filing deadline.

Published : Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 6:17 AM

Seventeen candidates have filed to run for the office of Pasadena Mayor and four City Council seats in the March 3, 2020 election.

The filing deadline for all the races save one, District 2′s contest to replace outgoing Councilmember Margaret McAustin, was 5 p.m. Friday.


Mayor Terry Tornek faces four challengers, including District 5 Councilmember Victor Gordo.

Former Councilmember and one-time Mayoral candidate Jacque Robinson-Baisley opened a campaign committee but did not pull papers or complete a filing.

Repeat candidate former City Commissioner Jason Hardin and two newcomers, businessman Major Williams and lawyer Michael Geragos, fill out the Mayoral field.

District 1 incumbent Tyron Hampton will run unopposed. Darrell Nash and Anthony Montiel both pulled papers to run against Hampton last month, but neither ended up filing.

East Pasadena’s District 4 Councilmember Gene Masuda faces three opponents: Joe Baghdadlian, Charlotte Bland, and Kevin Wheeler. Masuda was first elected in 2011.

In West Pasadena, District 6 Councilmember Steve Madison faces two challengers, Tamerlin Godley and Ryan Bell.

District 2 remains open for filings until Wednesday, December 11 at 5 p.m.

So far, there are four candidates to replace Councilmember Margaret McAustin, who opted last April not to seek re-election but instead care for her ill husband.

Not all of the candidates who filed have yet been officially qualified, according to City Clerk Mark Jomsky.

According to Jomsky, the City is still verifying signatures filed by three of the candidates who filed on Friday. That process is expected to be completed early next week.