Pasadena City Councilman Terry Tornek declares his candidacy for mayor
By André Coleman 01/30/2014
The 2015 campaign season officially kicked off on Tuesday when Pasadena City Councilman Terry Tornek became the first person to announce his candidacy for mayor.
Tornek, a second-term councilman who represents District 7, beat former Los Angeles County Police Chief Margaret York, wife of Superior Court Judge Lance Ito, in a runoff election in 2009. He ran unopposed in 2012.
Tornek served as the city’s planning director for three years and helped rewrite the city’s Zoning Ordinance, its General Plan and helped establish redevelopment plans for Old Pasadena. He was handpicked by former Councilman Sid Tyler as his replacement when Tyler decided not to run for reelection after 12 years on the council.
“I have worked to maintain the city’s fiscal discipline as well as preserve and protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. As mayor, I will continue my work to keep Pasadena a safe place where residents can thrive and as the proud grandparent of three PUSD students, I will continue to work with the PUSD to improve our public schools.”
Tornek’s announcement comes eight months before the filing date. Tornek could face challenges from District 6 Councilman Steve Madison and Mayor Bill Bogaard. So far, neither Madison nor Bogaard has declared their intentions to enter the race.
Tornek said he is announcing now because many people have asked him about running.
Bogaard said he has not made a decision yet on whether to run for a fifth term.
“I am giving it a lot of thought because of the interest of others. Terry and I are in touch and I am in touch with Steve Madison who has also expressed an interest in running. I take great pride and take great reward in my time as mayor. It is logical after four terms for a candidate to give careful thought for the next step. I will make a decision in the not to distant future. It is such a privileged honor to lead such a great city, with great people.”
If Bogaard runs for reelection, this will be his first legitimate challenger since he became the city’s first elected mayor in 1999. Bogaard ran unopposed in the last election. He handily defeated local blogger Aaron Proctor in 2007 and attorney Philip Koebel in 2003.
Tornek has worked to keep the council on track with city business, at times abstaining from voting on issues that he felt were not city business, including a resolution calling on the council to support a constitutional amendment proposed by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that would reverse a US Supreme Court decision deeming corporate donations a constitutionally protected form of free speech.
Tornek supported the resolution, but told the Pasadena Weekly at the time, “It is not what we should be devoting council and staff time to. Maybe we should devote time to term limits and our own campaign spending.”