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.