I’m excited to let you know I’m running for West Hollywood City Council in 2022.
West Hollywood requires change now!
The past year and a half has been devastating for so many. West Hollywood demands leadership that will bring a common-sense and collaborative approach to our recovery.
I’ve lived in the same West Hollywood apartment for 26 years and have experienced so many incredible moments in our town. West Hollywood molded me and gave me the space to grow as an activist.
Now I want to bring that activism to the City Council to ensure West Hollywood returns to being a great place to work and live. We must have public safety in West Hollywood that effectively keeps our streets safe while respecting the dignity of all who live, work or visit West Hollywood. We have to tackle homelessness in a proactive way through increased outreach, compassion and services. We must actively encourage diversity in our businesses to serve West Hollywood residents and visitors alike. And we must strive for a City that is inclusive to all – elders, students, religious minorities, the disabled, our sober community and more.
Marquita Thomas is endorsed by West Hollywood City Councilmember John D'Amico, has been a resident of the City of West Hollywood for 26 years and has proven her commitment to serving her community through service. She served on the Lesbian Visibility Board for the City, helping to plan, program and also emcee the historic West Hollywood Dyke March. In 2015, she was appointed and served as Co-chair to the Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board to advise city council on matters affecting LGBTQ residents including the execution of the City’s Rainbow Key Awards and was later appointed at-large to the Human Services Commission and currently serves as Vice Chair of the West Hollywood Planning Commission.
Marquita joined the board of the Los Angeles LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce in 2009. After two years as president, Marquita became the organization's Executive Director and works to grow LGBTQ businesses through business development, networking as well as legislative strategy incorporating LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBE®) in corporate and governmental supply chains. She has been successful in securing LGBTBE Inclusion in the City of Los Angeles as well as Los Angeles County and provided two years of testimony to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) during the LGBTBE rule making process that resulted in $600M of diverse spend with LGBT small business owners.
Because she is such a fierce advocate of LGBTQ rights, Marquita was one of the first recipients of KCET’s LGBT Local Hero Award and has also received awards from Christopher Street West and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.