Duarte City Council members voted to elect Sam Kang from District 5 as Mayor for the 2020-21 term and Bryan Urias from District 6 to serve as Mayor Pro Tem during the first official Duarte City Council meeting of the year on January 14, 2020.
Mayor Kang was first elected to the Duarte City Council in 2013 and is the first Chinese American to serve the community in this capacity. This is his second time serving as the community‚Äôs Mayor, and his focus for the upcoming year is to foster the completion of the many development projects currently underway, as well as lead the community back to fiscal stability. Kang, a business entrepreneur and adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University, was voted unanimously to serve as Mayor by his colleagues. In addition to his duties on the Council, Kang serves as the official Council representative to both the League of California Cities and the Duarte Community Services Council, and as alternate to the Foothill Employment and Training Consortium. Kang is also a member of the League of California Cities Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.
Urias was first elected to the Duarte City Council in November of 2018 and represents District 6. Bryan prides himself on bringing new leadership to the City Council and offering fresh perspective and experience in making government work for residents. Urias serves as the Council representative to the Duarte Community Coordinating Council, and alternate on both the Gold Line JPA and the Duarte Community Services Council. For the eight years prior to joining the Council, Urias represented Duarte residents as the District 5 Director on the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Board and also worked with Duarte as a staff member for both then-Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis, and later Congresswoman Judy Chu.