In a surprising upset, South Pasadena mayor Larry Crowley was upset by Dan Calabria, 67% to 33%.
Crowley was appointed mayor in November, filling the seat vacated by Kathleen Peters, who was elected to the State House. Calabria had also applied for Peters’ seat, but the City Council decided to go with Crowley.
Calabria ran on a platform of no tax increases or pay raises for elected officials and a promise to give $1,000 of his salary to the South Pasadena Scholarship Fund every year.
Tuesday’s election had become increasingly contentious, as residents debated how to redefine a community still struggling with its identity in the wake of a recession, notes Kate Bradshaw of the Tampa Tribune.