Holden, Chu and Schiff React to Their Tuesday Victories

Published : Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 5:52 AM

The three state and federal victors in Tuesday’s elections who represent Pasadena reacted to their wins and the changing political landscape of Wednesday.

41st District California Assemblymember Chris Holden said he looks forward to working with Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom and with his fellow lawmakers to advance policies that would benefit everyone in the state.

Holden, who was former mayor of Pasadena, bested independent candidate Alan S. Reynolds, getting 65.45 percent of the votes against Reynolds’ 34.55 percent.

“I want to thank the voters of the Foothill communities for re-electing me to represent them in Sacramento,” Holden said.

He also said he would continue to look at solutions for the homelessness problem throughout the state, after Proposition 10, would have allowed some form of rent control, failed to pass.

“I look forward to pursuing serious legislative solutions that to make housing more affordable and solve homelessness,” Holden said.

U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu was reelected to represent California’s 27th District, defeating Pasadena resident and political newcomer Bryan Witt, 78.5 percent to 21.5 percent.

Chu chose not to speak about her victory but rather on the new role that Democrats will now play after winning the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Last night, Americans across the country voted in historically high numbers to reject lies, corruption, xenophobia, and division,” Chu said. “They voted for responsible, ethical government that fights for working families. That means expanding access to healthcare for all while working to reduce costs. It means an infrastructure plan that improves our communities. It means immigration policies based on families, not fear, while meeting our economy’s need for immigrant workers and entrepreneurs. And it means oversight of the Trump Administration.”

Chu said the American people “are looking to restore integrity and deliberation to Congress” in the search for policies that help all Americans.

“That is our mission these next two years,” she said.

U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff of the 28th District, which includes a portion of West Pasadena, was also reelected Tuesday.

He spoke about using his reelection to “govern wisely and put forward a positive agenda” for the country.

“We must restore Congress as a co-equal branch of government and do vital oversight,” Schiff said in a statement. “That’s a lot to accomplish. So let’s get to work.”

Schiff handily defeated Republican Johnny Nalbandian, getting 76.22 percent of the votes against Nalbadian’s 23.78 percent.

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