While I still believe Mito Aviles and his partner Chad Michael Morrisette behaved badly in the way they mocked then-Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign, as I follow the race for West Hollywood City Council, I feel increasingly confident I made the right choice in endorsing this young entrepreneur and will be voting for him and Scott Schmidt later this afternoon — once I have decided which candidate will get my third vote in this contest.
Mito was profiled today on West Hollywood Patch and again reminded voters of his concern for transparency at City Halli:
“The public and the residents need to know what exactly is going on in their city,” he says. “If you are an elected official, you are a public servant. That said, there’s a lot of closed-door meetings that happen, there’s a lot of interaction that happens behind closed doors that the residents don’t know about. And they should know, or at least be able to know, about everything and anything going on in City Hall.”
Seems the president and his team could learn from their fellow Democrat. Mito may be a Democrat, but he has shown an independent streak in articulating his approach to facing the city’s challenges. And he’ll provided a fresh voice in contrast with the stale rhetoric coming from the entrenched incumbents, one who has been in office since Mito was in pre-school.
If you live in those Los Angeles jurisdictions which are voting today, make sure to vote. And to my fellow residents of West Hollywood, get out and vote for Mito and Scott Schmidt.