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Dorothy Pemberton walking with the community

Empowering Downey residents with honest representation and strong leadership.


Meet Dorothy Pemberton

Dorothy Pemberton is a teacher with Downey Unified Shool District


Dorothy Pemberton has lived in Downey all her life. She attended Downey schools growing up. She now works as a substitute teacher with the Downey Unified School District. At the same time, she is a 30-year seasoned Realtor/Broker in Downey.

Her passion to serve expanded after seeing her representation in District 3 deteriorate after the 2020 elections. Dorothy and other concerned community members organized a grassroots recall campaign which resulted in a historic win for Downey. On January 31, 2023 the recall efforts succeeded with 90% of the vote, the first time in our city's history.

Dorothy ran for office last year and was elected Councilwoman in November of 2023. She beat her two opponents by winning with 53.54% of the vote. She is now running for re-election and hopes to be re-elected this November in 2024.

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Endorsed by Leaders the Community Trusts



Downey Mayors & Officials

  • Mayor Pro Tem Hector Sosa

  • Councilwoman Claudia M. Frometa

  • Councilman Horacio Ortiz

  • Mayor Rick Rodriguez (former)

  • Mayor Mario A. Guerra (former)

  • Mayor Alex Saab (former)

  • Mayor Kirk Cartozian (former) 

School Board Members (DUSD)

  • Giovanna Perez-Saab, President

  • Nancy Swenson, Board Member

  • Martha Sodetani, Board Member (former)

  • Tod Corrin, Board Member (former)


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Downey Mayor Rick Rodriguez former

"Dorothy is uniquely qualified to serve all Downey residents. Please vote Dorothy Pemberton."

Mayor Rick Rodriguez (ret.) who previously represented District 3 (North West Downey)

Dorothy Pemberton standing next to the Doodlelicious wall in downtown Downey

I will bring back strong  leadership and honest representation to District 3 (Northwest Downey).


My 30-year record of service to our community gives me the experience and knowledge necessary to serve our city.

These are my positions why I'm running for Downey City Council

Dorothy Pemberton for Community Safety


Community Safety


Councilwoman Pemberton has made significant contributions to enhancing public safety in Downey. She authorized the purchase of 21 new police vehicles and engaged a third-party agency to enhance police recruitment efforts.

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Dorothy Pemberton for Quality of Life


Quality of Life


Councilwoman Pemberton has been proactive in improving the cleanliness and aesthetics of Downey. She instructed Public Works to address abandoned shopping carts, clean alleys, and collaborate with businesses for parking lot maintenance.

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Dorothy Pemberton for Fiscal Responsibility





Since her election in 2023, Dorothy has actively contributed to the city's fiscal management. She joined the Budget subcommittee and utilized her experience from the Measure "S" Oversight Committee which oversaw a $50 million bond measure.

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Dorothy Pemberton for Economic Development





Councilwoman Pemberton is dedicated to fostering a business-friendly environment at City Hall while prioritizing top-notch customer service for residents and new companies. She aims to attract diverse, family-friendly businesses to the area. 

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Over 30 years of service to our Downey community.

Active Roles

10 years - Gangs Out of Downey, past Board Member 
30 years - Soroptimist Int’l Downey, past President
20 years - Downey YMCA, past Chairperson
20 years - Assistance League of Downey, Member
20 years - Downey Symphony, Member

4 years - Public Works Committee, Vice Chair


Former Roles

Measure S, Oversight Committee

Measure O Committee, Downey Unified School District

Downey Council PTA H.E.LP.S., Director

Downey Council & Warren PTA, President

City of Downey Parks and Rec, Commissioner

Downey Ponytail Girls Softball, Board Member & Treasurer

PTA Golden Oak Award, Recipient

Recall Catherine Alvarez Committee, Chair

Dorothy Pemberton with over 30 years of experience serving her community


When our community lacked character and ethical representation, the residents started a movement spearheaded by Dorothy.
The recall committee succeeded with 90% of the vote.

Character counts in Downey.

Dorothy Pemberton and the community holding lawn signs that read "Recall Catherine Alvarez".
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