Community activist and District 6 resident Ryan Bell has announced his candidacy for Pasadena City Council’s District 6 seat.
“I’m running for Pasadena City Council because over the past few years I see a chasm between the needs of residents—my neighbors and fellow tax payers—and those who oversee our community from city hall,” Bell writes on his campaign website. “The cries of our citizens are going unheard. Or, if they’re heard, they’re often ignored.”
According to his campaign, Bell has worked in the nonprofit sector his entire professional life. For decades he was a pastor and today he supports communities of non-religious students on college and university campuses across the United States from his Secular Student Alliance office in Pasadena, where he is the national organizing manager. Bell has also worked as director of community engagement at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless).
Bell has a “special concern” for renters in Pasadena, according to a written press release issued by his campaign. Bell’s campaign specifically mentions ongoing issues between CalTrans and residents along the 710 corridor in District 6.
Bell has signed the Big Real Estate Out pledge, committing to not knowingly accepting more than $200 from landlord or real estate associations, corporate landlords, real estate developers, property management companies, or their PAC’s, lobbyists, principles, high-ranking executives or their spouses.
To learn more visit Bell’s website at ryanbellforpasadena.com.