LOS ANGELES, CA — Small business owner Craig Brill will look to fill Sheila Kuehl’s seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors come June 7.
Brill is up against 5 others looking to represent the massive 3rd District, which covers much of the San Fernando Valley and from Malibu all the way to Hollywood.
Learn more about Brilliance and his goals for the 3rd District.
Todd Schurko Husband, siblings Darlene Brill, Jimmy Brill, Johnny Panetta and Ronnie Panetta
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
Small biz owner providing dog daycare
Why are you seeking an elective office?
I was born and raised in LA County and I’ve witnessed it’s demise the last decade and I don’t believe our career politicians who brought us here can get us out. After coming close to death when my neighbor Gabe Donnay I became very active in trying to work for solutions to homelessness and was hit with brick walls at every level. At the urging of neighbors and friends they convinced me I should run. We need new common sense leaders, who aren’t beholden to special Interests from developers to unions. We need independent leaders. I believe I am that leader.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
I am not an Insider from either party. I’m not beholden to party Interests and will work to actually represent my constituents.
If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)
Do you have all day? No but In all seriousness the current officeholder has been beholden to far left activists and refuses to listen to her current constituents. She’s puts blame for lack of mental health on the city, when it’s a county responsibility. She refuses to engage with constituents. She also actively lobbied against AB1340, that would allow us to get MI citizens off the streets through conservatorship. She’s more worried about plastic utensils than actual human lives. Close to 2k humans died on our streets last year. The majority from overdose. She doubles down on a failed housing first policy instead of treating the MI and addiction crisis unfolding on our streets
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
Public Safety, Infrastructure needs esp for neglected communities. Major reform of our health, homeless and housing services.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
At 19 I was promoted to buyer of a jr dept store handling a budget in the millions at Boston Stores in Carson Calif. From there I went to Liberty House, Bullocks and then into wholesale fashion. I’ve had to be accountable for spending others $, and ensuring products came in on time and on budget. I’ve had to be nimble and problem solve. I’ve also ran my own small business the past 22 years having to make payroll weekly. These are all things a supervisor should have experience in. It taught me to respect others $ as if it were my own, and I will do that as BOS. Every $ spent will be scrutinized, is it helping? If not how we can either spend it more effectively or not spend at all.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
Work hard and treat no job like it’s beneath you.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I’m just a simple guy, who never thought I’d be running for office, I have a husband 3 dogs and a loving family. But like many families I grew up with domestic violence, addiction, family members homeless, disabled siblings. We grew up poor and like many entered middle class. Despite these struggles I’ve succeeded in every career I’ve had which is why I know I’ll be a successful supervisor.