Calabasas residents are heading to the polls today to decide who should fill three open seats on the City Council.
Newcomer Jody Thomas joins incumbents Mary Sue Maurer, James Bozajian and David Shapiro on the ballot.
First elected to City Council in 2005, Maurer is seeking a third term as mayor. As a mother of three and a high school teacher at the Westmark School in Encino who won “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2011, Maurer has maintained a strong focus on education, public health and public safety issues with a particularly strong emphasis on senior issues.
Bozajian is seeking reelection to a fifth term. He has served as mayor of Calabasas four times since first being elected in 1997, making him the longest serving member on the council. Bozajian, a deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles, is a graduate of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, has a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Shapiro is running for City Council for the first time after being appointed to his post in January of 2012. Shapiro, a Calabasas attorney, is a board member of the City’s Library Commission and the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center Joint Powers Authority and has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission in the past.
A self-described "voice for the rural community" as President of Old Topanga Homeowners, Thomas has served on several committees and believes in uniting the city and community. The mother of a Calabasas High graduate/valedictorian, Thomas was a long-time volunteer both in the Las Virgenes Unified School District and elsewhere in the community. Thomas was endorsed by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.