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Masuda Qualifies For District 4 Election

Published on Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 5:45 am

District 4 Councilmember Gene Masuda became the second incumbent to qualify for the March 2024 election.

The longtime Councilmember turned in his nomination petition and fee on Nov. 20, according to City Clerk Mark Jomsky’s office.

In 2020, Masuda garnered 59.08% of the vote in his district and outpaced Char Bland, Joe Baghdadlian and Kevin Wheeler to secure another term. 

Jonathan Horton has pulled papers to oppose Masuda in the election, but so far has not qualified. Horton has until Dec. 8 to qualify for the contest.

To date, Masuda and District 1 Incumbent Tyron Hampton are the only candidates to qualify for the election. However, several candidates told Pasadena Now they would be turning in the necessary paperwork soon to qualify for the election. 

Candidates and incumbents must collect 25 signatures and pay a $25 fee to qualify for the election. Fifty signatures are required for mayoral candidates.

Through Dec. 8. candidates and incumbents may circulate nomination petitions to gather signatures of registered voters.

In the event that the incumbent does not file papers by the close of business on December 8, the deadline to circulate nomination petitions and file paperwork will be extended to December 13.

Three other seats are also up for grabs. 

In District 2 Incumbent Felicia Williams is squaring off against former Mayor Rick Cole.

In District 3 Brandon Lamar is hoping to wrest the seat away from Justin Jones. Jones was twice appointed to the seat after John J. Kennedy died in 2022.

In District 6 Steve Madison will square off against Tamerlin Godley and Mark Hannah.

Mayor Victor Gordo also pulled papers for the election. Gordo is running unopposed with the full support of the City Council.

Papers for City offices are available in the Office of the City Clerk, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Room S228, Pasadena.

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