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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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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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