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City of TorranceCandidate for City Council

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Jimmy Gow

Education Events Management
5,382 votes (8.55%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Preserving the quality, character and charm of historic Torrance, while also inviting and nourishing New Business enterprise, and exploring strategic development in our city.
  • Upholding education as a priority for the city and fostering civic engagement with our students as they mature and assume the responsibilities of becoming voting-age adults.
  • “Moving Torrance Forward” in the areas of the environment, energy efficiency, technological development and public safety which will protect and enhance the quality of life in our community.



Profession:Education Events Management
Chair, Torrance Social Services Commission — Appointed position (2016–current)
President, Torrance Democratic Club — Elected position (2011–current)
President, Torrance Democratic Club — Elected position (2011–current)
Delegate, Democratic State Central Committee — Elected position (2012–current)
Commissioner, Cable Television Advisory Board — Appointed position (2013–2016)





and I was born in the OLD Torrance Memorial Hospital. There’s a plaque on a wall on Engracia there now. My first job was as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the business – Vanderpool Swim School – that my Grandmother built in Torrance and ran for 20 years. She was one of my biggest inspirations and I swam on swim teams in high school and at El Camino College, to honor her, because she instilled in me the value of commitment, determination, discipline and endurance.


She was part of the PTA group that created the Torrance Unified School District. My grandfather helped start the YMCA and Little League in Torrance. He always said, “If you can’t find it in Torrance, you don’t need it.”
I grew up believing that and find it still holds true.


I remember listening to Vin Scully announce the Dodger games on the radio
with my grandfather and I miss that.


As they grew, my mother and uncles were part of the youth group that helped build the new sanctuary at the Torrance First Christian Church on Maple and El Dorado, where my grandmother taught Sunday School and where I eventually followed in her footsteps and did likewise.



I also know, as maybe you do, about the importance of our First Responders and Public Safety personnel, my uncle, Sgt. Tom Vanderpool, and his colleague Capt. Mike Tracy, were killed in the line of duty in Torrance in 1994.
To me,
they were examples of people who face up to problems instead of running away, they were truly heroes and I am comforted by your consoling thoughts and recollections of them both.



Growing up my mom and dad kept me and my 2 brothers busy with
Little League and Boy Scouts
, church youth groups and swim team.


They both worked in the South Bay aerospace industry.
My dad worked on everything from Mercury to Apollo to the Space Shuttles.
Somewhere there’s a picture of me posing with the Apollo 8 Command Module.




Once when I was a kid, workers were on strike at a store and my dad said,


“Jim, never cross a picket-line, unions gave this country a strong middle-class, those people are what made this country great.”




From an early age, I was politically aware. I grew up in the age of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King and the Beatles.


Yes, The Beatles were political.


I had a lot of fights with my dad about the length of my hair because of them. He almost always won.


If he could only see how short it is NOW!


Things that once seemed so important, sometimes really weren’t that important at all.




As “Grandpa Jimmy” I enjoy my time with my granddaughters, Emmy and Willow, my daughters Bryahn and Laurén, my wife Lynne and mother Judy.  Powerful women, one and all.




These important people in my family, among many others, have inspired me to carry on their spirit of service to the great city of Torrance.


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Torrance Democratic Club
  • Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
  • Evolve California

Elected Officials (6)

  • Supervisor Janice Hahn, 4th District, LACBOS
  • Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, 66AD
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters, CA-43
  • Terry Ragins, Torrance Unified School District Board of Trustees
  • Mark Wirth, Former Councilmember, City of Torrance
  • George Nakano, Former Assemblymember & Councilmember, City of Torrance

Individuals (1)

  • Julie Shankle, Torrance Teachers Association

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


It’s been an honor to participate in serving our city, by doing what I call
“wearing a lot of hats” for example:


League of Women Voters, Torrance Area;


National Women’s Political Caucus, South Bay;


Friends of Madrona Marsh;


the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance;


AND I was also on the Community Advisory Panel during the transition from ExxonMobil to PBF.


I was a Commissioner on the Cable Television Advisory Board starting in 2013; and since 2016, I’ve had the privilege to serve as the first and 3-times, unanimously elected Chair of the Social Services Commission. I’m proud of recent successes like our Veterans Day Recognition event, the Homeless Count and our Toiletry Drive.


As you may have read in the Daily Breeze, I’m also the President of the Torrance Democratic Club.




I’m running BECAUSE of my granddaughters and the kind of world we will leave for them when THEY are 50 years old. Will YOUR grandkids still be dealing with MHF safety issues at the Torrance Refinery?
Not if I’m elected.




I believe government should be accessible to the citizens it represents, transparent and responsible, ensuring that it reflects the aspirations and ideals of the community. One thing I've discovered when talking to voters is, they REALLY want you to LISTEN to them about whatever issue is important to them. They want to feel HEARD!

So, I will make you a promise, I’LL LISTEN TO YOU.
I want to be your “go-to-guy” to represent you and be YOUR voice
on the City Council.


As a candidate, my goal is to meet residents–at the Farmers Market, the scheduled forums or in your neighborhood–to LISTEN TO VOTERS and ask you to share your thought, by saying, “What I love about Torrance is...?”
or “MY idea to keep “Moving Torrance Forward” is...?”
You can also link to my Social Media from my website to get involved.


I have a vision for Torrance... that it continues to be a great place to live and work, and a wonderful place for families to raise and educate our future citizens. I’m excited about the opportunities for “Moving Torrance Forward” with you.


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