District 4 City Council candidate Char Bland announced on Sunday she has received the endorsement of former Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
“I am proud to endorse Charlotte ‘Char’ Bland for Pasadena City Council,” said Senator Harris in a prepared statement. “Char is committed to fighting for healthier communities, and her fresh approach and leadership will be a tremendous benefit to the city council. Please join me in supporting Char for Pasadena City Council.”
Harris is the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. She serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget.
Bland formerly chaired the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women.
She describes herself as a results-oriented business professional, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, as well as a concerned District 4 neighbor.
Bland said she’s running on a platform of healthy communities, healthy families, smart growth and environmental justice.
She previously told Pasadena Now she wants to create “a front porch community among District 4 residents where neighbors can share their concerns about growing development, environmental issues, public health and public safety and education. I want a safe place for neighbors to join forces to address these issues and find common ground and workable solutions.”
Bland is running against incumbent Gene Masuda, Kevin Wheeler and Joe Baghdadlian. The candidates will have a final chance to address District 4 at 6 p.m. on Feb. 29 at Mission Gathering Church 789 N Altadena Drive, Pasadena.
District 4 includes the neighborhoods of Upper Hastings Ranch, Lower Hastings Ranch, Daisy-Villa, Eaton Blanche, East Eaton Wash, Eaton Canyon Wash, East Orange Grove, Fox Ridge/Canyon Close, Loma Vista, Sierra Madre Villa, and Victory Rose.
The election will take place on March 3. Candidates need more than 50 percent to win the election. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent the election will go to a runoff in November.
“Senator Harris has been a champion in fighting for the rights of all communities to thrive,” said Char Bland. “I’m deeply honored to earn her support for my election to the city council to bring the positive change Pasadena needs.”