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April 4, 2017 — Local Elections

City of GlendaleCandidate for City Council

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Michael Van Gorder

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Prioritize Affordable Housing & responsible development, establish Rent Stabilization Ordinances and stop the flood of luxury construction
  • Protect our Public Services, maintain funding to public schools & deny profiteering charter schools
  • Foster technological breakthroughs like solar energy development, a municipal internet service via GWP and a small-business tech campus in the empty Nestle building



Photographer, Van Gorder Photo (2008–current)
Delegate, Democratic Party - AD 43 — Elected position (2017–current)


Chapman University BA, Sociology (2007)
Orange County High School of the Arts HS, Creative Writing (2003)


First of all, thank you for reading this! 

AN AFFORDABLE GLENDALE. There are five homeowners on the city council and no renters. The working class perspective is absent from City Hall and I humbly ask your vote to address this problem.

I’m a progressive activist that was raised by conservative Catholics (one a police officer). I’m an artist, a self-employed small businessman, a husband. I’m living a life like yours.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am running for city council because city hall needs the perspective of today’s working class. Glendale is a city that should be justly proud of its working class roots – we have seventy five years of being the Jewel city, of being that home in the minds of countless thousands who worked their way towards the Glendale version of the American dream. Times, however, have changed, and many are struggling. From the year 2000 to 2014, median income rose 28%, from $41K to $52K. But median home valuations have risen from $325K to $598K. 84%. Now, I’m self-employed, my wife makes about double what I do (which, as a feminist, I find awesome). I’ve never taken a dollar in government assistance – not that I bemoan anyone that has. I am living the experience of a young, cost-burdened member of today’s working class when the goalposts for the American dream have been moved. My story is one that is repeated citywide, and our city needs this perspective. The greatest elected government is truly representative, not just beyond the needs for diversity across gender, or race, or sexual identity. It must also consider class. Because the American dream isn’t working hard, buying a house, having a family, then years later emptying your life savings or draining your retirement so your kids can afford a down payment on a house two hundred miles to the north in a gentler market. Nor is the American dream being unable to build equity in yourself because what was once a mortgage payment can now get you about 800 sq ft of a rental. The American dream is finding that balance of truly rewarding hard work and building a stronger community. In this spirit, I humbly ask you for your vote. 

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