City Releases Final List of 2013 Council Candidates

Seven challengers seek to unseat Weho City Council incumbents Prang and Duran.

The West Hollywood City Clerk's office on Wednesday released the finalized list of candidates who qualified to run in the 2013 City Council election.

Mayor Jeffrey Prang and Councilman John Duran face challenges from the following field of hopefuls:

Sam Borelli has been a West Hollywood public safety commissioner since 2003 and works as a communications consultant in the nonprofit, health care and entertainment industries, according to his campaign website.

Tom Demille is a 20-year Weho resident who has run for a council seat in three previous elections. A 2003 posting on the California League of Women Voters website describes him as an artist and community activist who has worked for more than 30 years in the service industry.

Nick Garzilli describes himself as a "sustainable transport entrepreneur" who seeks to bring solar-powered transportation to West Hollywood and Los Angeles. Garzilli markets solar rail transportaion systems that he calls "an economic lifeboat that will bring new jobs and revenue to Weho," according to his website

Christopher Landavazo is a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and has worked for 11 years in law enforcement in addition to being a U.S. Navy veteran, according to his campaign website. He is the founder and current president of Cops 4 Causes, a charitable nonprofit organization.

Steve Martin is a former city councilman who served from 1994-2003. He has also been active in the effort to establish term limits for council members.  

Tristan Schukraft is an executive in the e-commerce and travel industries. He is a "highly motivated and experienced senior executive with over 10 years of profitable strategic business development and leadership experience in highly competitive, fast-paced international corporate environments," according to his Linkedin.com profile.

Rusty Wiggs is executive director of Cognitive Behavior Associates, a psychology practice in Beverly Hills.

In order to qualify for the March 5 ballot, candidates had to submit by Dec. 7 nomination paperwork that included 20-30 signatures of people registered to vote in West Hollywood, Assistant City Clerk Yvonne Quarker said. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, registered to vote in West Hollywood and a resident of the city.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder verified the candidate filings, resulting in this final list of 2013 office seekers.

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Chloe Ross December 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM
And not a female candidate in the lot.
matt paneno December 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM
why don't you run? why does it matter? i thought content of character matters, not color, gender? does the city charter mandate that a woman run, or sit on the board? why no russians on the board? what is your point?
me December 14, 2012 at 12:54 AM
for me, tristan is out solely based on his pics on wehoconfidential.com today.....i'd love to know how long each of them have lived in the city.....also, as we get closer to the election, here's hoping their egos won't get in the way and most will decide to bow out gracefully so the 2 top performers will actually have a chance of beating frick & frack (aka "the duran & prang show") from returning to office again
me December 14, 2012 at 04:39 AM
not looking to pick a fight here matt, but i read it as though chloe was disappointed not to see any women running.....now had she stated that the council should be made up of 1/2 women, that's another story (which technically isn't possible anyway since there are 5 council members).....if i were a woman (no, we won't go there), i believe i'd be disappointed too
Duff80 December 14, 2012 at 06:27 AM
so let's see here, among others we have a consultant to non-profits, an artist/community activist, a solar rail advocate, an ex-councilman. Does anyone else see a problem with this?
Insider December 14, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Given your apparent issue with Tristan's shirtless pics, I guess you wouldn't have elected Steve Schulte back in 1984. Steve served West Hollywood with honor and his modeling career (Colt Studio) wasn't an impediment to his election. West Hollywood is the last place I would imagine that shirtless pics would derail a candidacy. May the candidate with the best positions win. (And if he looks good shirtless, even better.)
me December 14, 2012 at 08:19 AM
thats right, i'm not voting for a party boy
Chloe Ross December 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
@Matt - you have made a good point. Not a Russian either. It shouldn't matter but it usually does. I am not interested in political office but I wish there had been a more diverse field of candidates. Personally.
scott ferguson December 14, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I look forward to assessing the candidates individually, and am open to alternatives to John Duran more than Jeff Prang, who seems to me to have done a solid job. But I also want to see if any of the members is replaced it is by someone who respects the good things the council does, isn't out to be a knee-jerk negative vote, and is solidly experienced. I also will vote for the two incumbants if I have any sense Steve Martin has a chance of winning, since that for me would be a big negative for the city. If the anti-council forces coalesce around him, they will lose a lot of votes and credibility with those of us who are open-minded to alternatives.
Rudolf Martin December 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM
At least there are no more guys named "John" among the new candidates. Johns are currently over-represented. The race is on.
George December 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
My the best man win!
George December 16, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Scott F a VERY negative person and full of sh_t! I have known Steve Martin for 30 years and he has always since I have known him been very passionate about the city of West Hollywood since before it was even a city and has the best interest of the residents who live here.
George December 16, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Jeff Prang wouldn't be where his is today with meeting and becoming friends with Steve Martin. He lived in Steve's house in the early 90's.
R. Daniels December 16, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Is there any policy diversity among these candidates? Are they all Democrats or is there an Independent or Republican in this group? What are their stances on the issues?
George December 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Well, Steve Martin is the best! Some people are into having the same people all the time though and this group has been on council for a VERY long time. They seem to enjoy the position and the perks? That's a shame because other people who have better ideas for taking West Hollywood into the future. Best to oust the two up for re-election and give other notables an opportunity to serve. Better yet, why don't the two council members up for re-election step down off there perch and allows other citizens the opportunity to serve the community? That would be awesome!
Mike Dunn December 17, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Although Prang seems a meek sometimes fumbling council member he has in the past and is currently working for a county department that is under investigation. This time his boss is sitting in jail awaiting trial.
Ali December 18, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I would like to know why Scott F. thinks Steve Martin would be bad for the City. I think he did a good job when he was a councilman. I'd like to hear opposing opinions.
me December 18, 2012 at 04:56 AM
steve martin was a great councilman and cares deeply about the future of our city.....go get em steve......we want you back!!!!!
George December 18, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Scott is biased to the sitting council members. Having Steve Martin return to the table would be good for the residents because Steve is an advocate to the people but bad news for Heilman & company. They would all work well together as they did previously and the people would have a voice through Steve. A got example would be the fiasco with Plummer Park.
Mike Dunn December 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I believe Steve had some personal issues and that's why he lost his seat. He seems like a good candidate but I would be interested in what the others have to offer. While I like John Duran, Jeff Prang seems to be in the middle of county scandals on more than one occasion.
George December 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
No personal issues. Abbey Land was a council member and then she wasn't for awhile and came back a few years later. No difference for Steve Martin if he returns. He REALLY never left because he is the voice of the people here in WH and has been for as long as I have known him.
joninla December 22, 2012 at 07:56 AM
I wish Sheila would have run!
George December 22, 2012 at 08:06 AM
I love Sheila also! She is a dynamo and would clean up the corruption at city hall. She is like our own Hillary Clinton here in WH.
A different Paul January 26, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Mr Prang has always been available and has been helpful every time I have needed help from city hall. He returns e-mails and has been actively helpful consistently. He and Steve Martin have my vote. Steve can be polarizing but brings a different point of view and common sense that I think will be useful in the mix.
A different Paul January 26, 2013 at 08:01 PM
It would be awesome to get Sheila in there.
George January 26, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Sheila gets more done as a resident and citizen of the community then any of the council members put together. She has always been a leader in the community ever since I can remember.


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