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?
The most important thing elected officials can do is promote an open dialogue with the community they represent. By fostering communication that leads to great ideas and positive change, we can truly make progress on even our toughest issues.
Who are your primary supporters?
I don't have any financial contributors to my campaign. I think campaign finance reform is one of the most important issues facing our nation in the long-term, and am leading by example. Open dialogue with media sources like the Venice-Mar Vista Patch and Venice Paparazzi and word of mouth will be the backbone of my candidacy.
What issue do you feel most strongly about and what’s your position?
One specific topic I would like to address during my term is the need for a more robust community athletics department. Venice provides such a multitude of outdoor activities to participate in, from volleyball, to surfing. I see a real opportunity to give back to both the youth and adults of our community in the form of a well organized community athletics department.
Another issue I am passionate about is a farm-based initiative partnered with our school's lunch programs. A goal of mine is to strategically incorporate a healthier diet into our school's meal program while not exceeding budgetary constraints. The goal however doesn't stop there, the real long-term benefit is in a learning based strategy that instructs youth at an early age about healthy eating choices and their benefits.
What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
I just spent a week backpacking through Yosemite National Park and had one of the most amazing trips of my life. I am an advocate of connecting with the outdoors, there is a great sense of serenity when you can step away from everything for a moment.
Why did you decide to run?
This is my first time running for the Venice Neighborhood Council. I decided that I no longer wanted to sit on the sidelines, but rather take an active roll in dealing with the issues of facing our residents.
Austin Rovetti is running for one of 13 open positions as a Community Officer on the Venice Neighborhood Council. To read more candidate profiles, click here.