Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard Enthusiastically Endorses Gordo, Enlists as Campaign Co-Chair and Treasurer
PASADENA, CA -- In a monumental boost to his campaign for Pasadena Mayor, today Pasadena City Councilmember and attorney Victor M. Gordo announced the support of former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, who will be serving as his campaign’s Co-Chair and Treasurer. Bogaard, who served as Pasadena’s Mayor from 1999–2015, was the first directly elected mayor of Pasadena since the 1940s and is the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.
In a statement released with the announced endorsement, Mayor Bogaard passionately commented:
“I’m delighted to endorse Victor Gordo for Mayor because he’s a leader that brings people together. Time and time again on the Pasadena City Council, he has succeeded in building a consensus on a wide-range of complicated issues. As someone who worked closely with Victor over the years, I appreciate his ability to hear differing viewpoints, then build a coalition that has strong support. Victor is energetic, deeply in touch with the community, and has developed a high level of faith and confidence from his constituents. I enthusiastically support his campaign for Mayor and look forward to helping him get elected.”
Last week, Gordo announced that he is running for Mayor of Pasadena in the March 3, 2020 election. Gordo announced his bid with the following statement:
"My family moved to Pasadena when I was five, and it has been the only home I’ve ever known. As a child and teenager, I delivered the Pasadena Star-News to neighborhoods around the city for 8 years. As a twelve-year-old, I sold stuffed footballs at the Rose Bowl. At night and on weekends in high school, I waited on tables at Rancheros Mexican Restaurant. After law school, my wife and I began our family here. Now, we live two blocks from my childhood school, Madison Elementary.
I come from very modest and challenging circumstances. As a child and young man, I had to grow up fast. I learned firsthand about economic insecurity, hard work, compassion, and having faith in the future.
That is what has driven me to work for decades to represent Pasadena residents and safeguard Pasadena’s heritage and liveability.
Unfortunately, for the last few years, big outside developers have gained the upper hand over everyday Pasadena families. They are working harder than ever to rapidly change Pasadena for the benefit of only a tiny few. It’s displacing our families and seniors, and making housing unaffordable.
Growing up, Pasadena worked for me and my family. Today, too many Pasadenans believe they are unheard at the top of City Hall. As Mayor, I pledge to listen to all of Pasadena’s residents and fight to make sure Pasadena works for the people who live here now."