Published : Monday, October 7, 2019 | 9:16 AM
Community activist Ryan Bell has announced his candidacy for City Council in District 6.
Bell cited a perceived growing gap between the governance of Pasadena and his neighbors and “fellow tax payers” in the street, as the motivation for his run.
“The cries of our citizens our going unheard,” said Bell in a press statement officially launching his candidacy.
Pasadena, said Bell, is a declining jewel of the San Gabriel Valley where trust in public institutions has eroded.
Bell cited his 25 years of “building and stewarding deep and cohesive communities, his work as a Pastor with the Secular Student Alliance, and his job as director of community engagement at People Assisting the Homeless, as credentials.
An entire career in the nonprofit sector, and his work on the frontlines of community organizing, are the prime selling points of Bell’s candidacy.
In the release, he stakes out a position in favor of renters, as a signer of the Big Real Estate Out pledge, and by setting a $200 limit on contributions from the corporate real estate complex.
“There are currently no tenants on the Pasadena City Council,” stated the candidate, “yet over 56 percent of Pasadena residents rent their homes.”
Bell will likely square off against reigning Councilman Steve Madison, although the incumbent has yet to make his run for reelection official.
Attorney Tamerlin Godley, a past president of the Armory Center for the Arts, who is also active in Pasadena Educational Foundation, has declared her candidacy for the seat as well.