The official filing period for candidates running for one of two seats on the Beverly Hills City Council opened on Nov. 13 and will close on Dec 13. Voters will elect two new City Council members in March 2024, replacing Mayor Dr. Julian Gold and Councilmember Lili Bosse.
Five prospective candidates have submitted their Candidate Intention Statement and Statement of Organization forms with the Fair Political Practices Commission, permitting them to open bank accounts for their campaigns and make other preparations, according to City Clerk Huma Ahmed.
As of press time, Alissa Roston has completed and submitted her nomination papers with the city, making her the first confirmed qualified candidate on the ballot. The others, Craig Corman, Tiffany Davis, Myra Demeter and Mary Wells have announced their candidacy, and planned to submit the appropriate paperwork in the coming days.
The Courier has learned that at least one other individual has picked up the nominations packet from the office of the City Clerk, and additional candidacy announcements may be forthcoming.
Although it is extremely early in the race, several groups and notable members of the community have already come out in support of specific candidates.
Thus far, Demeter has earned the endorsement of Beverly Hills City Treasurer Howard Fisher and all current members of the Planning Commission.
Roston listed Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Public Works Commission Chair Wendy Nystrom, Design Review Commission Chair Terri Smooke, former City Treasurer Mel Spitz and former BHUSD Board of Education President Robbie Anderson among her early supporters in the City Council race.
Davis has been in communication privately with supporters and will announce upcoming endorsements as the race develops.
Corman has secured the support of former mayors Nancy Krasne and Willie Brien.
And the Beverly Hills Firefighters’ Association (BHFA) has announced its endorsement of Mary Wells’ campaign. The organization has scheduled interviews with other candidates and may endorse others as the campaign goes on, BHFA President Victor Gutierrez told the Courier. Wells has also announced that Former Beverly Hills Mayor Les Bronte, BHUSD Board Member Rochelle Marcus and Former Commissioner Judie Fenton will serve as her Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs.