District 7 candidate Jason Lyon announced key endorsements of his campaign for the Pasadena City Council on Tuesday.
The endorsements are from a broad coalition of local leaders: former California Community Colleges Chancellor and State Senator Jack Scott; Los Angeles County Assessor Jeff Prang; Pasadena City College Trustees Sandra Chen Lau and Tammy Silver; Pasadena Planning Commission chair Steven Olivas and Planning Commission members David Coher, Dr. Julianna Delgado, Carol Hunt Hernandez, and Tm Wendler; faith community leaders Rev. Ed Bacon, Rev. Mike Kinman, and Sharon Crandall (Senior Chaplain, LA County Jail); nonprofit executive director Mary Donnelly-Crocker; historic preservation advocate Glenn Camhi; and Housing Task Force member Megan Foker, according to Lyon. Each of these individuals endorsed Lyon in their private capacity, and their organizational titles are listed for identification purposes only.
“I am deeply honored to have the support of these amazing community leaders,” Lyon said. “I am truly grateful for their confidence and trust in me. We are committed to building on these endorsements to establish a diverse partnership of voices and perspectives in Pasadena.”
Former Planning Commissioner Ciran Hadjian has also announced intentions to run for District 7. Candidates can pull papers on Monday, Feb. 14.
Since relocating to Pasadena from Silver Lake in 2010, Lyon has been active in the nonprofit community. He has served in leadership capacities for Young & Healthy, the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, Planned Parenthood Pasadena San Gabriel Valley, and All Saints Church.
In 2017, Mayor Terry Tornek appointed Lyon to Pasadena’s Historic Preservation Commission. Councilmember Wilson tapped Lyon to join the Planning Commission in 2019. Lyon currently serves as Vice Chair of both the Planning Commission and the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
Lyon is a partner with Hahn & Hahn LLP, the historic Pasadena law firm founded in 1899. He practices complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on partnership disputes and fraud matters.
Lyon lives in the Madison Heights neighborhood with his husband, Tim, a real estate agent, and their two sons.
He is seeking to replace retiring Vice Mayor Andy Wilson in the District 7 seat on the Pasadena City Council. Vice Mayor Wilson is not seeking reelection.
Local residents intending to run for office can pull papers on Feb. 14.
According to the city’s website, District 7 is home to many of Pasadena’s iconic institutions, including the Pasadena Playhouse, Caltech, Pasadena Community College, the Planetary Society, the Langham Huntington Hotel, and the Constance Hotel. District 7 is bounded by Los Robles, Del Mar, Madison, California, Marengo, Arroyo, the Pasadena Freeway, Orlando, Homet, Roosevelt and Colorado.
Seats in districts 3, 5 and 7 are up in this year’s election. The election will be held on June 7. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two will square off in a run off election on November 8.