Former Mayor Rick Cole is once again officially a candidate for the District 2 City Council seat.
According to a statement released by his campaign on Thursday, Cole submitted 731 signatures to the City Clerk’s office to qualify for the March election, where he will face incumbent Felicia Williams.
“The districtwide volunteer effort to collect these signatures demonstrates the tremendous grassroots support for our campaign,” Cole said. “From the beginning, we’ve run a positive, issues-oriented campaign. Our message of ending street homelessness, making our streets and neighborhoods safer, taking action to deal with a hotter and drier climate, as well as better managing both downtown development and the city’s budget is resonating across the neighborhoods of north-central Pasadena.”
So far, Cole is the only candidate to report the number of signatures collected to qualify for the ballot.
City Council candidates must collect 25 signatures of registered voters living in the district and pay $25 to qualify for the election.
Cole works as Chief Deputy Controller for the City of Los Angeles. He was elected to the City Council in 1983 and rotated to the Mayor’s position in 1992.
After his three terms as a Pasadena Councilmember, he served six years as City Manager of Azusa, nine years as City Manager of Ventura and five years as City Manager of Santa Monica.
Known for his leadership in fiscal management, urban planning and citizen engagement, Cole was honored as one of Governing Magazine’s “Public Officials of the Year” and has been recognized for his achievements by the American Society for Public Administration, the Municipal Management Association of Southern California and Government Technology Magazine.