The United Teachers of Pasadena announced on Thursday they are endorsing Mayoral Candidate Victor Gordo and candidates Bo Patatian and Steve Madison for Districts 2 and 6, respectively, of the Pasadena City Council.
In a release, the 850-member UTP called them the best candidates by far for students, educators, and the future of our public schools and cited the candidates’ deep experience and their plans to improve the city, their support for students and schools, and the vision they show, among many other reasons.
The UTP represents the teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, psychologists, and speech-language pathologists serving the students in PUSD.
“The experiences of these candidates exhibit the fundamentally symbiotic relationship that must exist between the city of Pasadena and our public school,” UTP President Allison Steppes.
The UTP Political Action Interview Panel, consisting of teachers working in the Pasadena Unified School District, invited all of the candidates to participate in the interview process in December 2019. These recommendations were approved by the UTP Political Action Committee, UTP Executive Board, and the UTP Representative Council in January.
“They are exemplary candidates that value and support a vibrant public education system as the shared responsibility of the community,” said UTP Political Action Chairperson Manuel Carcido, who teaches at Pasadena High School.