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City of TorranceCandidate for Mayor

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Pat Furey

Torrance Mayor
12,968 votes (46.43%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Strengthen Public Safety and Improving our Children's safety while at School
  • Attract quality businesses that bring new, good paying jobs and careers
  • Improve our aging Infrastructure and Resolve our Traffic problems

Experience

Experience

Profession:Mayor, City of Torrance
Mayor, City of Torrance — Elected position (2014–current)
Principal Deputy County Counsel, County of Los Angeles (1995–2014)
Councilmember, City of Torrance — Elected position (2008–2014)

Education

UWLA Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1995)

Biography

Pat uses the knowledge and skills he learned while serving in the military; policing the streets of Philadelphia; prosecuting child abuse for almost 2 decades and volunteering in our community to work to improve the quality of life in Torrance.

He and his wife Terry have lived in Torrance for more than 30 years.  Their children attended our public schools.

His volunteer service includes Boy Scouts, Little League Baseball, serving as a Commissioner for both the City and the School District.  He served as President of the Torrance Education Foundation for 4 years and as President of the North Torrance Homeowners Association for 8 years.

Pat and Terry are recipients of the 2007 James R. Armstrong Community Leadership Award. Pat is also a recipient of the Honorary Service Award from the Torrance Council of PTAs and has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni by El Camino College.

Pat was elected to the Torrance City Council in 2008 and re-elected without opposition in 2012. In 2014, Pat was elected Mayor of Torrance shortly after his retirement. For four years he has worked full-time as OUR Mayor.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (5)

  • Torrance Unified Paraeducators (CSEA 845)
  • South Bay Association of Realtors
  • LA County Business Federation (BizFed)
  • LA County Federation of Labor
  • Torrance Police Officers Association

Elected Officials (32)

  • Geoff Rizzo, Councilmember, City of Torrance
  • Kurt Weideman, Councilmember, City of Torrance
  • Tim Goodrich, Councilmember, City of Torrance
  • Mark Steffen, Torrance Unified School District Board of Trustees
  • Hany Fangary, Councilmember, City of Hermosa Beach
  • Jim Gazeley, Councilmember, City of Lomita
  • Mark Waronek, Councilmember, City of Lomita
  • Lou La Monte, Councilmember, City of Malibu
  • Richard Montgomery, Councilmember, City of Manhattan Beach
  • David Lesser, Councilmember, City of Manhattan Beach
  • Laura Emdee, Councilmember, City of Redondo Beach
  • Judy Mitchell, Councilmember, City of Rolling Hills Estates
  • Olivia Valentine, Councilmember, City of Hawthorne
  • John Mirisch, Councilmember, City of Beverly Hills
  • Joe Buscaino, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles
  • Jeffrey Prang, LA County Assessor
  • Janice Hahn, LA County Supervisor, 4th District
  • Ted Lieu, Congressman, CA 33rd District
  • Maxine Waters, Congresswoman, CA 43rd District
  • Ben Allen, CA State Senator, 26th District
  • Steven Bradford, CA State Senator 35th District
  • Al Muratsuchi, CA State Assemblymember, 66th District
  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
  • Albert Robles, Mayor, City of Carson
  • Micheal O’Leary, Mayor, City of Culver City (ret.)
  • James Butts, Mayor, City of Inglewood
  • Alex Vargas, Mayor, City of Hawthorne
  • Carolyn Petty, Mayor, City of Hermosa Beach (ret.)
  • Robert Pullen-Miles, Mayor, City of Lawndale
  • Amy Howorth, Mayor, City of Manhattan Beach
  • Britt Huff, Mayor, City of Rolling Hills Estates
  • Terry Ragins, Torrance Unified School District Board of Trustees

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I’m proud that in my first term as Torrance Mayor we “got things done.”

For example, we totally revamped our city website; brought control to view issues in the Riviera; addressed historical preservation; made major repairs to our aging infrastructure and streets; increased our crossing guard program; educated business personnel and educators on how to react in active shooter scenarios; more than doubled  our paramedic program; eliminated the blight of donation bins; and recently addressed the cannabis issue by banning the sale, distribution or growth in our city.

At the same time, BizFed named Torrance “The Most Business Friendly City” in Los Angels County; Torrance won the Wyland Foundation’s National Mayor’s Water Challenge; and we even brought back a Fourth of July Fireworks Show to our City and continued our long-standing Rose Float tradition.

Noteworthy, we accomplished all of this - and more - in the wake of Toyota moving and the refinery explosion with the resulting substantial loss of revenue to the city.

Another important accomplishment is we aggressively and creatively addressed our pension debt - an issue that some folks claimed to be beyond resolution.  With $3 million in one-time money and carry over funds from 2016 we created a $5 million investment trust that can only be used to pay down our pension obligations.

I personally created an outreach program where I conducted town halls in every area of our city.  And, for all 4 years I have served as mayor, by interacting with all of our high school students by teaching a US Government Class in all of our high schools.

Serving as the mayor of a diverse, full-service, balanced city like Torrance requires a tremendous commitment of time, energy, creativity and professional expertise.  I have enjoyed the challenge and look forward to all that I may face in the next four years in keeping our city “moving in the right direction.”

If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to email me at pat@mayorfurey.com or call me directly at (310) 613-9099.

Together We Can Keep Torrance Moving in the Right Direction!

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