Councilmember Terauchi Seeking Another Term as Gardena Mayor

By J.K. YAMAMOTO, Rafu Staff Writer

GARDENA — Gardena has been without a mayor since the departure of Paul Tanaka in June 2016. All of the current City Council members and two former members are competing for the position in the March 7 election.

A former mayor, Councilmember Terrence “Terry” Terauchi, is in the running along with Mayor Pro Tem Mark Henderson, Councilmembers Tasha Cerda and Dan Medina, and former Councilmembers Ronald Ikejiri and Rachel Johnson, along with compressor mechanic supervisor Warren Kronberger.

Terauchi and Cerda are giving up their council seats; Henderson and Medina will remain on the council if they lose. Eight candidates are seeking to fill the two vacancies.

A 29-year resident of Gardena, Terauchi served on the City Council from 1991 to 2001 and as mayor from 2001 to 2005, when he was defeated by Tanaka. Terauchi returned to the council in 2013 — winning the seat vacated by Ikejiri, who was termed out — and was mayor pro tem from 2015 to 2016.

Terrance Terauchi

Born in Honolulu and raised in a military family, Terauchi earned his law degree at UC Berkeley and has been on staff with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1986. He has worked on more than 170 jury trials and was named Prosecutor of the Month by his colleagues in 1994.