Venice Neighborhood Council Candidate: Thomas Elliott

Patch asked the VNC candidates a few questions to help voters decide in the Oct. 28 election.

Editor’s note: This is one of several articles in a series of profiles on Venice candidates.


What would you prioritize if you were voted in?  

By far, my number one concern is the homelessness, hopelessness, hunger, vagrancy, filth, and illicit drug-use on the Venice Boardwalk.  The situation is intolerable.  It is a societal blight, a health hazard, a danger to the community and a destruction to the local economy.  There is no reason why we as a community cannot address and solve this problem.  These people are in dire need of care, and they are not getting it by living on the beach.


Who are your primary supporters?  

Friends and fans of my restaurant, the Venice Ale House.


What issue do you feel most strongly about and what’s your position?  



What's one thing most constituents don't know about you? 

That I have lived in Venice for over 15 years and plan to spend the rest of my life here; and that I am incredibly passionate about what happens in this community.


Why did you decide to run? 

Once I decided to call Venice my permanent home, it became very clear to me that as a local business owner, it is incumbent on me to do whatever I can in my power help make people's lives better in my community.


Thomas Elliott is running for At-Large Community Officer, a two-year term. To read more candidate profiles, click here.  

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Venice Vortex October 27, 2012 at 09:03 AM
Elect Tom he has a clear vision for the boardwalk
catman October 27, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Sorry but no can do. Business owners, or anybody who has any kind of ties to land developers, should not be serving on a "neighborhood" council. That's what Chambers of Commerces are for.
Get The Vote Out October 28, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Hey catman what about ties to the social service community. Guess you over looked that one. GET OUT AND VOTE. President - Richard Duncan Vice President – (do not vote) Secretary – (do not vote) Treasurer – (do not vote) Outreach Officer - Mariana Aguilar Communications Officer – Helen Stotler Land Use and Planning Committee Chair - Jake Kaufman Community Officers (vote for only one) Tom Elliott Ira Koslow Erin Sullivan-Ward Scott Kramarich Voting Recommendations Since you can only vote for one Community Officer, and we want to elect all four of these candidates, we suggest you vote by last name, as follows: If your last name starts with a letter between A and F, vote for Tom Elliott. Between G and L, vote for Ira Koslow Between M and R, vote for Erin Sullivan-Ward Between S and Z, vote for Scott Kramarich.


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