Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek Announces Mayoral Re-Election Campaign

Published : Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 11:39 AM

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek has filed a Candidate Intention Statement declaring he will seek re-election to the Office of Mayor of the City of Pasadena in 2020.

Tornek was first elected to the Pasadena City Council in 2009, was re-elected in 2013 and was elected Mayor in April 2015. He ran on a platform that promised to keep quality of life in Pasadena neighborhoods a priority.

“During my term as Mayor I have achieved many of the goals that I set in my 2015 campaign, but there is much more to do,” Tornek said in a statement.

Tornek led the campaign for Measures I and J to stabilize the City’s financial condition and to strengthen Pasadena public schools.

“It continues to be a priority to work with PUSD. As a grandfather of a PUSD student and a father of a PUSD teacher, I am committed to improving our public schools,” he said.

Tornek also pointed to “great strides in preserving the quality of life that defines Pasadena.”

“We have finally, decisively defeated the 710 freeway extension proposal, begun to
revitalize the Arroyo Seco and continued to preserve and protect the quality of life in our
neighborhoods.”

In the statement, Tornek said he is energized by the prospect of a second term as Mayor.

“We need to build on these successes; continue to maintain fiscal discipline, reduce the homeless population, implement the projects in the Arroyo Seco and plan for the recapture of the land in the 710 ditch. Also, having obtained a $105 million commitment to grade-separate the Gold Line at California Boulevard, we must continue to make improvements to our traffic circulation.”

As he did during his first campaign, Tornek said he plans to walk all the neighborhoods in Pasadena, personally connecting with residents to listen to their concerns. Tornek said he has spent hundreds of hours, meeting with thousands of constituents during his Pasadena walks that have continued since his election.

“I have begun the process of speaking to residents all across the city about the things they value about Pasadena. I will always place the quality of life in our neighborhoods first,” he said.