Councilmember John Fasana announced that after 33 years of serving on the Duarte City Council, he will not seek re-election in November.
Friday, August 7th was the last day he could have filed papers for re-election. Fasana shared the news with his colleagues and residents at the June 23rd virtual City Council meeting that he would not be seeking re-election.
"I wanted to take that moment to focus on encouraging residents living in District 2 to come forward as candidates," stated Fasana. "Serving one's community is an honor and privilege, but it takes preparation and a substantial time commitment. Running for office is a big decision."
After moving to Duarte with his wife Kris in 1985, Fasana was first elected to the Duarte City Council in November 1987 and was re-elected in subsequent elections. Since Duarte adopted council districts in 2018, Fasana has represented District 2. Serving as Mayor first in 1990 and five other times during his tenure, Fasana worked to promote transportation, community services, and environmental protection issues in Duarte.
"Duarte has advanced enormously from Councilmember Fasana's outstanding leadership, especially in the area of transportation which has not only benefited our residents, but improved Los Angeles County as a whole," said Mayor Samuel Kang. "I know I speak for the entire City Council in thanking him for his exemplary public service. His expertise and professionalism have been transformative to Duarte and the San Gabriel Valley."
Fasana has represented the San Gabriel Valley on the Los Angeles County Metro Board since Metro's inception in 1993 and served as the Metro Board Chair in 2001-2002 and 2016-2017. During his tenure on the Metro Board, Fasana worked with colleagues in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to obtain several billion dollars for critically needed multimodal congestion relief projects, including creation of Metro Express Lanes. Fasana's policy direction led to the establishment of the Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board that built the Gold Line light-rail station in Duarte and extension to Azusa that began serving customers in March 2016. He also secured funds to build soundwalls that help mitigate noise for Duarte residents and students adjacent to Interstate 210.
Notably, Fasana has advocated for youth programs, serving on the Duarte Education Foundation and local YMCA boards. Over the years, he and his colleagues worked together to open the Duarte Teen Center, build new parks, and develop a new middle school and performing arts center.
"Stepping aside as City Councilmember for this community was a hard decision," said Fasana. "However, it is time. I am grateful for the leadership of my colleagues, the professionalism of city staff, and the trust of our residents. I will always cherish my time on the City Council but look forward to being a resident on the other side of the dais. I thank Duarte voters for their support through the years. Duarte has a bright future and will benefit from a fresh perspective on the City Council."
In 2015, Fasana retired from his Regulatory Project Manager position with Southern California Edison after 35 years of service. He is a graduate of Whittier College. Fasana and his wife have three adult children and two sons-in-law.
The deadline to file election papers for residents interested in running for the District 2 seat was extended to Wednesday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m., when Councilmember Fasana did not file. Current Economic Development Commissioner Vinh Truong was the only candidate that filed for District 2 and submitted enough qualified signatures to the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office. Duarte City Councilmembers will hold a Special Meeting next week to consider appointing Truong to fill the District 2 position, effective December 8, 2020.