With the race winding down and only two and a weeks before the election, District 2 Candidate Felicia Williams announced key endorsements on Wednesday.
The Pasadena Police Officers Association (PPOA), the Sierra Club, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and the Pasadena-Foothill Association of Realtors have announced they are supporting Williams.
“Felicia was born and raised in Pasadena and is committed to keeping our community safe. For the past several years she has served on the Pasadena Police Foundation Board, fundraising for programs that connect the Police and the community. We look forward to working collaboratively with her on the City Council to help to bring more and better training to the Police Department. Please vote by mail or early voting now or at the polls on Tuesday March 3rd,” said Roger Roldan, President of the PPOA in a prepared statement.
Williams was born and raised in Pasadena. She has a background in finance and public policy, including 13 years as an appointed commissioner in Pasadena. She has served on the boards of several nonprofits organizations.
According to a released statement, Williams received the support of the Sierra Club and the Los Angeles League of Conservation based on her years of environmental policy work in Pasadena, including her time as chair of the city’s Environmental Advisory Commission, her support for small businesses and a commitment to neighborhood preservation garnered her realtors endorsement.
Williams is facing Tricia Keane, Kevin Litwin and Bo Patatian in the District 2 race to replace Margaret McAustin. McAustin announced last year that she would not seek reelection due to her husband’s battle with cancer.
The candidates, along with the mayoral candidates, will square off at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Longfellow Elementary School, 1065 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, in the final District 2 forum.
The event will be hosted by the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association in cooperation with the Historic Highlands Neighborhood Association.
District 2 includes central and eastern portions of the city, including East Colorado Boulevard between Wilson and Oak Avenues, an area buzzing with residential development that has a strong Latino community and a growing Armenian-American population. Over the past few years, developers have begun targeting the district.
The event is one of the final forums of the election season.
On Sunday, the Pasadena Community Coalition will host a mayoral forum at 4 p.m. at the historic Friendship Baptist Church, 80 W. Daytona St., Pasadena.
Mayor Terry Tornek is facing a strong challenge from longtime District 5 Councilman Victor Gordo. Jason Hardin and Major Williams are also running. After the candidates speak there will be a meet greet for members of the community to meet the candidates.