Meet Matt Waggoner. Local resident, atheist and faith-based candidate for the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) board.
The AVNC will hold an election this year to select 17 neighborhood representatives to serve on it's governing board. The board is composed of 17 elected positions in which one is reserved for faith-based candidates. To qualify as faith-based the candidates must be someone “who is a member of the clergy or other person of service, or a registered member/parishioner, of a church, religious group or other faith-based organization operating” in Atwater Village.
Waggoner is presently the only candidate to file for the faith-based position. In his candidate statement he expresses his belief “that the non-religious have just as much right to representation as the religious”. However, his statement does not explain how atheists are underserved on the AVNC board with the other 16 “non-religious” positions.
Waggoner’s full candidate statement:
“I am an atheist; I am not a member of any clergy or a member/parishioner of any church, religious group, or other faith-based organization. Nonetheless I think that the non-religious have just as much right to representation as the religious.”
Atwater Village Neighborhood Council Election
May 14th, 2016
There are 17 open seats on the AVNC’s Governing Board consisting of the following stakeholder categories: North Atwater Representative (4), Central Atwater Representative (4), South Atwater Representative (4), Business Representative (1), Non-Profit Representative (1), Education Representative (1), Faith-Based Organizations Representative (1) and At-Large Representative (1). All serve for a two year term.
The City of Los Angeles is accepting candidate filing forms thru March 15th. Filing forms need to be received by or before the due date to qualify as a candidate for the May 14th election.