Of the 20 people seeking elected office with the city of Pasadena and the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), four potential candidates did not meet Friday’s nominating deadline to have their names appear on the March 7 ballot.
In the city’s District 3, Adrienne Large pulled the required nominating paperwork but did not qualify for the ballot, meaning incumbent Councilman John Kennedy will be running unopposed for a second four-year term.
In District 5, incumbent Councilman Victor Gordo has faced little opposition in his 16 years in office, but in March he will compete against two challengers: Krystal Lopez Padley, a newcomer to politics who is interested in issues such as public safety, infrastructure and education; and Aida Morales, a former city commissioner.
In District 7, five of six candidates qualified, including one who once worked for Republican political adviser Karl Rove.
Candidates in that race include incumbent Councilman Andy Wilson, who was appointed by the council to fill the seat formerly held by Mayor Terry Tornek, who was elected mayor in 2015; Phil Hosp, a lawyer and volunteer; Brian Witt, a public transportation advocate; attorney Alejandro Menchaca; and Sheena Tahilramani, and Sheena Tahilramani, an intern in the White House Office of Political Affairs under President George W. Bush and former chief of staff at Karl Rove & Co. who is a co-founder of Pasadena-based, SVN Public Relations.
Like the City Council races, incumbents are seeking re-election to the four seats in question in the PUSD elections.
In 2012, the PUSD’s once at-large election system was charged to district elections, much like those of the city.
In District 1, incumbent Board member Kim Kenne is seeking another four-year term. Challenging Kenne will be Rita Miller of Altadena, formerly an attorney who’s been a PUSD teacher for 12 years.
In District 3, Michelle Richardson-Bailey, a native of Pasadena who has worked for the PUSD for the past 14 years, will face off against incumbent Board member Adrienne Ann Mullen. Mullen was appointed to serve the remainder of the term of Tyron Hampton, who left the school board for a seat on the City Council.
In District 5, incumbent Board member Elizabeth Pomeroy will face Matthew Baron, who teaches agriculture in the district, and Mozella Pope Caudle, in March.
And in District 7, incumbent Board member Scott Phelps, who was first elected in 2005, is running unopposed.