Councilmember Victor Gordo Announces Candidacy for Pasadena Mayor

Published : Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 1:54 AM

Pasadena Councilmember and Mayoral candidate Victor Gordo

Long-time District 5 Pasadena Councilmember Victor Gordo on Thursday announced his candidacy for the Mayor of Pasadena, setting up a showdown with incumbent Mayor Terry Tornek.

Gordo has held a seat on the Pasadena City Council for 19 years. For almost 10 of those years Gordo also served as President of the organization which operates the Rose Bowl, overseeing its renovation and growth as one of the City’s key economic engines while striving to reduce its neighborhood impacts.

He cites his focus as quality of life issues, including opposing overdevelopment, fighting crime, protecting fire and police services, ensuring safe neighborhoods, upgrading Pasadena’s parks, and replacing problem liquor stores with affordable housing.

Gordo said he is running for Mayor “because too many Pasadenans believe they are unheard at the top of City Hall.”

On his campaign website, Gordo said he now believes “big outside developers have gained the upper hand over everyday Pasadena families.”

Councilmember and Mayoral candidate Victor Gordo shown with his wife Kelly, an elementary school teacher in the El Monte Unified School District, and their two children, Michael and Emma. Via Facebook

Those developers are working harder than ever to rapidly change Pasadena for the benefit of only a tiny few, Gordo said.

“It’s displacing our families and seniors, and making housing unaffordable.”

Gordo said he if elected he would listen to all of Pasadena’s residents and “fight to make sure Pasadena works for the people who live here now.”

Gordo will face off against at least two opponents who have declared so far, current Mayor Terry Tornek and first-time candidate Major Williams.

Tornek was first elected to the Pasadena City Council in 2009, was re-elected in 2013 and was elected Mayor in April 2015. Williams is an entrepreneur who has not held elected office before.

Gordo has lived in Pasadena since he was five years old. His family moved here from Zacatecas, Mexico. He is the oldest of five children.

Pasadena, Gordo said, “has been the only home I’ve ever known.”

As a child and teenager, Gordo said he grew up delivering Pasadena Star-News to neighborhoods around the city for years, selling stuffed footballs at the Rose Bowl, and waiting on tables at night at El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant.

“After law school, my wife and I began our family here,” Gordo said. “Now, we live two blocks from my childhood school, Madison Elementary.”

The election will be the first time a sitting Pasadena City Councilmember has challenged an incumbent Pasadena Mayor.

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