Larry Elliot, Calistoga City Council candidate, former city employee and Napa Valley native, was found dead in his home on Tuesday, according to Sgt. Tom Martin of the Calistoga Police Department.
A former city Public Works employee, Elliot, 58, was the first candidate to file his paperwork with the city clerk to enter the running for one of the two open seats on the City Council in the Nov. 6 election. This was his first campaign for public office.
“DIrty Larry,” as he was known to some due to his workman’s overalls and his rough, yet friendly demeanor, had been experiencing poor health recently – which prevented him from participating in any of the Calistoga candidate forums, said Amanda Davis, deputy city clerk.
Elliot’s name will remain on the official ballot, along with those of council incumbent Michael Dunsford and challengers Michael Barnes, Jack Gingles, Carl Sherril and Charlotte Williams.
Paul Knoblich and Chris Canning are the Calistoga mayoral candidates.