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Man About Town: Tyron Hampton Interview
Pasadena City Council Member Tyron Hampton (in the middle) among the citizens of Pasadena at the Monthly Neighborhood Walk

By Evan Jackson
Photos by Evan Jackson

It always seem as if first district Pasadena City Councilmember Tyron Hampton is on the run. No, literally, the first time I saw him was at the Pasadena Black History Parade earlier this year and he was wearing a suit with his signature red tie along with running shoes. As if he would break out into running a 10k right then and there or better yet a marathon. See for Tyron Hampton his life and political run was not a sprint up to this point. It was not a fast ascension it was a steady paced build up that would eventually lead up to something big. Being on the schoolboard for the Pasadena Unified School District in the Southern California area Tyron Hampton always felt liked he was destined for more. So he ran and won for Councilmember in the very same city of Pasadena that he grew up in. He has a Martin Luther King Jr.-esque quality about him where he sees himself serving the community and constantly is humbled that he's able to help. Even having a right-hand man in district liaison Cheynne Chong and Tyron's right-hand woman in district liaison Cushon Bell you can tell he carries himself in good company. Not your regular politician who simply waves at estranged citizens as they sit tightly in their comfy seats in the decorative cars at parades, Tyron puts his foot to the pavement and welcomes newcomers and old familiar faces alike. As a man of the people you will see Councilmember Tyron Hampton be able to relate to any group from the high schoolers volunteering at a community event, he was once one of those high schoolers as a proud product of the Pasadena Unified School District, to that concerned citizen at the Neighborhood Walk inquiring about sustainable living. So when you see Tyron don't be afraid to shake his hand and have a conversation with him because you might be talking to your next mayor, your next congressman, and oh yes possibly your next president.

(From Left to Right) District Liaison Cheynne Chong, District Liason Cushon Bell, and Councilmember Tyron Hampton at the Monthly Neighborhood Walk

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