Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo received his first high-profile endorsement of his re-election campaign on Tuesday, when Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) Chair Mark Gonzalez announced his support.
“I am proud to support Victor Gordo in his re-election bid for Mayor of Pasadena,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “A dedicated public servant for the people of Pasadena, Victor made history when he became the city’s first Latino mayor. From keeping families safe and helping small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic to creating more affordable housing and expanding access to mental healthcare, Victor’s leadership has helped guide Pasadena toward a brighter future. I know Victor will continue to lift up his community and advocate for policies that put working families first.”
Gordo, who was elected mayor in 2020, launched his re-election campaign last week. In a statement, he touted his accomplishments during his first term, including navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery, addressing the need for more affordable housing, and working to improve public safety.
“In a short amount of time, we have accomplished so much together to improve Pasadena,” Gordo said. “That said, there is nonetheless still work to be done and I am just optimistic and excited about the opportunities that await our beloved city. It would be an honor to continue to serve the people of Pasadena – and as Mayor – in the City that I love.”
Gordo was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States with his parents as a young child. He grew up in Pasadena and attended Pasadena public schools. Before being elected mayor, he served on the Pasadena City Council for almost 19 years.
Gonzalez’s endorsement is an important development for Gordo’s re-election campaign. The LACDP is the largest and is considered by some the most powerful county-level Democratic Party organization in the United States. It has a membership of over 1 million and represents over 2 million registered Democrats in Los Angeles County.