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Culver City voters elect Sahli-Wells, Small, Eriksson

CULVER CITY — Voters here gave Meghan Sahli-Wells a second term on the City Council here April 12 and elected Thomas Small and Goran Eriksson for the first time.

Small and Eriksson replace Mike O’Leary and Andrew Weissman, who could not seek re-election this year because of the city’s two-term limit on council seats.

Sahli-Wells was the leading vote-getter with 2,760 votes, according to the unofficial vote count released by City Clerk Martin Cole on the city’s website.

Small, an architectural writer and consultant, finished second with 1,769 votes and Eriksson, a businessman and community volunteer, was third with 1,645 votes.

Daniel Lee, a social worker and filmmaker, finished fourth with 1,422 votes, followed by Scott Wyant, a technology consultant and former planning commissioner, 1,279 votes; Marcus Tiggs, an attorney and former planning commissioner; with 1,103 votes; and Jay Garacochea, a former Culver City police officer now employed as a security specialist for a private corporation, with 574 votes.

During her campaign, Sahli-Wells spoke of things she had accomplished during her first council term.

“I championed the creation of a Finance Advisory Committee and expanded public access to the budget,” she said. “I helped to usher in a new era of cooperation between the school district and the city, which has been tremendously positive and mutually beneficial.

Thomas Small
Thomas Small

Small has served the city as a commissioner of cultural affairs. He also was instrumental in creating Culver City’s Artist and Poet Laureate Program, and in bringing an international Film Festival to the ArcLight Theater and the Culver Hotel.

He lives in a home he designed 10 years ago with his wife, Joanna Brody, and their two children, who attend Linwood Howe Elementary.

Goran Eriksson
Goran Eriksson

A native of Sweden, Eriksson serves on the board of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce and the Exchange Club. He owns a business consulting firm.

He is married and the father of two sons.