Today Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees Member Steve Veres announced his candidacy for the upcoming 2015 race to fill Los Angeles’ 4th City Council seat.
Veres currently represents all of Los Angeles’ 4th City Council district on the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees. He also serves as District Director to California State Senator Kevin de Leon, in a district that overlaps with the 4th Council district.
“I’m running for the Los Angeles City Council to build a stronger local economy, protect and improve neighborhoods, lessen traffic congestion, improve environmental quality, and to bring about greater transparency and inclusiveness at City Hall,” said Veres.
“My campaign will be neighborhood-focused, because that’s how I plan to govern. Far too many communities in our City don’t have a voice in City Hall. If given the privilege of serving the residents of the 4th district, I plan to give them a forceful voice in our City government, and to work tirelessly to help neighborhoods secure their fair share of City services.”
Determined to enhance and strengthen Los Angeles’ community colleges,Veres has been a fierce fiscal watchdog who has prioritized improving student success and cleaning up the district’s construction problems. He’s also been an outspoken advocate for the need to expand access to higher education for L.A.’s communities, more investments in job training and workforce development, and more affordable tuition.
Previously, Veres served on the San Fernando City Council. Beyond his experience as an elected leader, Veres’ public service and volunteer work included memberships on the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s San Fernando Valley Service Sector Governance Council, L.A. Metro's representative at the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee/ Clean Transportation Funding and as a director for the Metropolitan Water District.
A Los Angeles native, Veres attended Loyola High School and earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA. He was a graduate student and teaching assistant at UCLA's History department. He was a public school teacher and has taught various college courses at UCLA and Los Angeles Trade Tech College. Additionally, Veres worked as a journalist and news editor.
Veres has been recognized both nationally and statewide for his work on the California Health Leadership Program for Diabetes and Obesity and locally at the San Fernando Library where he promoted literacy on a volunteer basis.
Veres resides in Sherman Oaks with his wife and two daughters.
For more information about Veres’ campaign visit: www.SteveVeres.com