Published : Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 4:55 AM
Pasadena’s City Council and School Board election night was a mixed bag of results as one City Council incumbent coasted to victory, and another found himself in a runoff battle with a rival who garnered almost as many votes as he.
In the Pasadena Unified School District Board race, one incumbent was defeated by a newcomer, while two others cruised to wins.
With 100% of precincts reported, District 5 Councilmember Victor Gordo easily bested his two opponents—Krystal Lopez Padley and Aida Morales—with 875 votes for a 64.08% margin of victory. Lopez Padley and Morales earned 32.72% and 3.22%, respectively.
District 7 Councilmember Andy Wilson will face attorney Phil Hosp in a April runoff, as only 58 votes separated the two candidates—with Wilson getting 1,063 votes and Hosp receiving 1,005 votes.
Both candidates were upbeat and confident on election night, with Wilson telling his supporters he was “looking forward to another election night party on April 18,” the night of the runoff election.
Said Hosp, “I am humbled and gratified by the support I received from voters who want non-conflicted and resident-focused leadership in District 7. Although it looks like we will come up a few votes short of winning outright, I look forward to continuing the campaign.”
Attorney Alex Menchaca, Amtrak Supervisor Bryan Witt, and PR consultant Sheena Tahilramani gathered 7.75%, 3.77%, and 2.82% of the remaining votes cast, respectively.
District 3 Councilmember John Kennedy ran unopposed.
In the PUSD School Board race, newcomer Michelle Richardson Bailey, in a dramatic upset, ousted incumbent Adrienne Ann Mullen for the District 3 seat, winning with 60.17% of the vote, 831 to 550.
Said School Board Member Patrick Cahalan Tuesday evening, “I’m not surprised. Richardson Bailey started knocking on doors a long time ago.”
PUSD Board President Kimberly Kenne easily defeated attorney Rita Miller for the District 1 seat, with 60.23% of the votes cast.
Former PUSD Board President Elizabeth Pomeroy also cruised to an easy win over Muir High School teacher Matthew Baron, with a 69.83% margin of victory.
PUSD Board Member Scott Phelps ran unopposed for his District 7 seat.