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Councilman Steve Madison ‘Enthusiastically’ Endorses Victor Gordo in Pasadena Mayoral Race

Published on Friday, September 11, 2020 | 11:17 am
Pasadena City Councilman Steve Madison (l) and Councilman Victor Gordo (r)

Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison has announced his endorsement of Councilmember Victor Gordo in the upcoming mayoral election in November, when Gordo will face incumbent Mayor Terry Tornek at the ballot box.

Madison said he has “enthusiastically” supported and endorsed Gordo’s campaign in a letter to the community.

“Pasadena is a great city that deserves a great Mayor. A leader who is collaborative, progressive and inclusive. A consensus builder who really listens to and is respectful of all in our community. Someone in the tradition of my great friend and mentor, former Mayor Bill Bogaard,” Madison wrote. “It therefore came as no surprise that Bill Bogaard was one of the earliest supporters of Victor‘s Mayoral candidacy.”

Having worked alongside Gordo since 2001, Madison said he’s seen first-hand Gordo’s “dedication to Pasadena, his tireless work ethic, and most notably his ability to forge solutions to our City’s challenges that are borne of broad-based participation and support.”

“None of us is yet Bill Bogaard, but in our critical November Mayoral election Victor Gordo is undoubtedly the candidate who best embodies the ‘Pasadena Way,’” Madison wrote.

He also criticized Tornek’s leadership since taking over the mayor’s office five years ago, following Bogaard’s lengthy tenure.

“Although the current Mayor is an experienced technocrat, regrettably he has actually repudiated consensus building and collaboration in favor of an autocratic style completely lacking cooperation or even transparency vis-à-vis the community and his fellow Councilmembers,” according to Madison. “I am proud to join Bill and thousands of other fellow-Pasadenans in supporting Victor.”

Details regarding the upcoming election are posted on the city website at

More information on Gordo’s campaign is available online at

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