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Council to Choose New District 3 Councilmember This Week

Published on Sunday, September 25, 2022 | 5:16 am

[UPDATED] In a special meeting on Thursday, the Pasadena City Council will select the new District 3 City Councilmember on Thursday.

The Council will select Brandon Lamar, Lucious Smith or Justin Jones to fill a vacancy created by the July 21 death of Council member John Kennedy.

Candidates will receive 5-7 minutes for an introduction and overview of their background, qualifications, and involvement in City and District 3 issues.

The applicants will then answer a set number of questions, and each Councilmember will receive up to three additional minutes to ask unscripted questions.

Each applicant could have about 45 minutes in front of the Council if each elected official uses the full three minutes to ask questions.

The interviews will take place in Council chambers.

During that time candidates will ask some scripted questions and can also make unscripted inquiries.

The City Council will conduct the appointment process again in December to fill that term. The process could be refined for the second appointment based on how the City Council engages the public for the initial appointment.

Each candidate made their case for the seat in a series of guest opinion pieces published in Pasadena Now last week.

“No one will fill the shoes of Councilmember John Kennedy, but the applicant chosen may be tasked to fill his committee seats,” Jones wrote in his piece. “My service on the City of Pasadena Human Relations Commission and collaboration with the community and patrolling officers will help me serve on the Public Safety Committee; and my experience managing municipal budgets and projects will help me if I am tasked with filling Councilmember Kennedy’s seat on the Finance committee.”

Jones pointed to the City’s budget, the Sunset Complex Project, transportation safety and the Rose Bowl during his piece.

Pastor Smith said he was looking forward to the opportunity to serve the City and this district and will work with whoever they choose for the betterment of everyone.

“I will bring a fresh perspective into what might be considered an entrenched system of action (or inaction) and provide a fresh set of eyes to help us to see what has not yet been seen so that we can continue to make Pasadena an incredible place to live and to work,” Smith said. “I am not one to hide from difficult situations, and in the days ahead there will be difficult decisions that must be made. I welcome the challenge and I will do what’s best for this city, to the best of my ability.”

Lamar mentioned affordable housing, public safety and homelessness in his piece.

“I envision a district where everyone is supported and feels like their voice is being heard. It is my hope that we can continue to work together to make sure we continue to advance our great district,” Lamar said. “As my family has lived in this district for generations, I plan to continue to thrive here while starting my family in this same community.

“It would be a privilege and an honor to serve at the pleasure of the residents of District 3 while working with the mayor and other Councilmembers on issues that concern us all.”

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