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City Council Wants to Hear From District 3 Residents on New Councilmember

Published on Monday, September 26, 2022 | 10:59 am

The City wants to hear from residents of District 3 on the appointment of a new City Councilmember by Wednesday, Sept. 28.

On Thursday, the City Council will appoint a City Councilmember to fill the vacancy left by the death of John J. Kennedy.

But because the City Charter mandates an appointment by the City Council, local residents in District 3 will not get to pick their representation until 2024. 

Several weeks ago, the City Council expressed a desire to hear from people living in the district.

People living in District 3 can make their thoughts known at

“Of particular interest to the City Council is feedback from residents of District 3 on issues affecting the district as well as the experience, attributes and character traits the City Council should look for when selecting the successful candidate,” according to a notice released by the City.

Justin Jones, Brandon Lamar and Lucious Smith have successfully applied for the seat.

Ahead of Thursday’s special meeting supporters have started writing in to the City Council.

After much reflection and thought, Justin Jones is the most qualified to fill Northwest Pasadenas district threes council members vacancy,” wrote Michael Cullins. “Justin Jones has shown that he is committed to the people of district three and Northwest Pasadena. He has also shown the ability to analyze the priorities of Northwest Pasadena/district three and the economics involved. Justin Jones demonstrates a positive demeanor and professional background needed for the subject vacancy and should be appointed accordingly.”

Kennedy defeated Lamar in the June Primary.

“He has done his outreach,” said Allison Henry. “And he continues to do the listening necessary to equitably represent District 3. Too many residents in our district are struggling and aren’t properly listened to and I think Brandon Lamar can change that.”

As of Monday morning there was no correspondence supporting Lucious Smith contained in Thursday’s City Council agenda.

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