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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of San BuenaventuraCandidate for City Council

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Matt Lavere

Small Business Owner
23,118 votes (21.62%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Creating more jobs in Ventura in order to truly revitalize our local economy
  • Cleaning up and expanding use of our parks, beaches and open spaces, and bringing more cultural opportunities, such as out outdoor concerts, to Ventura.
  • Addressing our City's homeless problem with proven, creative solutions. to get people off the streets.



Pepperdine University BA with honors and Juris Doctorate Degree (current)


Matt LaVere, age 37, was born and raised in Ventura, which gives him a unique perspective and awareness of the issues we face in this community. After stints working in the White House and the U.S. Attorney's Organized Crime Strike Force, he currently owns a law firm based in downtown Ventura where he represents numerous Ventura-based businesses.

Matt also serves as a Commissioner on Ventura's Parks & Recreation Commission, and is an active Board Member of the Ventura College Foundation, Project Understanding and the Downtown Ventura Rotary Club.
  Matt and his wife Alicia have a 3-year old daughter Lucia.

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Political Philosophy

The reason I am running for Ventura City Council is simple: I want to make sure that the Ventura my young daughter inherits in 20 years is even better than the Ventura we know today. That means balancing respect for Ventura's unique history, while also having a bold and strategic vision for Ventura's future. My sole focus is improving Ventura, specifically, creating jobs, fighting ever-increasing crime rates, expanding the use of our parks and open spaces, and adressing our City's homeless problem. I have a diverse background and proven track-record of working to enhance our great City. I believe that Ventura can benefit greatly from a new voice on the City Council -- someone with fresh ideas who will proactively work to create the safe, family-friendly and prosperous City we all desire.

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