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One dozen candidates seek West Hollywood city council seats in 2015

WeHo News offers free publicly available campaign “one-stop-shop” for all the WeHo city council candidates…

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While some predicted that as many as 15 candidates might appear on the March 2015 City of West Hollywood Municipal Ballot for the election of three City Council members, the reality will be that only a cool dozen official candidates will face off in the race to fill three seats.

Twelve people will seek a seat on the West Hollywood city council in March, 2015.

Twelve people will seek a seat on the West Hollywood city council in March, 2015.

The shake-out comes as a result of former-city council member Jeffrey Prang’s ascension to the office of LA County Assessor; because he delayed announcing his victory until the very close vote gave him a clear victory, the election to replace him must now go forward in June.

That fact has changed several already-announced candidates to switch from the March race to June’s; two examples of those running for “Jeff’s seat” are Cole Ettman and Heidi Shink.

Still, the twelve-person campaign field is the largest in West Hollywood’s 30 year history except for the very first election – in which 40 candidates ran for five seats.

Two of the seats at stake in March are being defended by their current incumbents, John Heilman, who has been on the City Council since the city’s founding in 1984 and that first election, is seeking four more.

John D’Amico, who determined six years ago that he would bring down the Heilman/Abbe Land faction that had held sway over city development policy and won a victory against the pair four years ago, is seeking a sophomore term.

The list of 12 includes one former-council member who was appointed to her position, Lindsey Horvath. Ms. Horvath placed fifth in a ten person field in 2011, 500 votes behind weakened slate-mate John Heilman in her first run for the office.

Because Abbe Land has decided to leave public service to focus her work with the Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization foe LGBT youths, and leave a seat vacant.

Three seats will be up for grabs; with two incumbents defending, it looks like a ten-way battle for one  vacant seat.

Three seats will be up for grabs; with two incumbents defending, it looks like a ten-way battle for one vacant seat.

West Hollywood has had crowded elections in the past; just mentioned was the 2011 free-for-all that had ten candidates – most of them clamoring for the defeat of the three incumbents for perceived sins against the urban village, trading development favors for contributions to the council members’ favorite causes, for example – and of course, there was the legendary first election in which it seemed that more candidates appeared on the ballot than voters to cast them (forty ran for five seats).

This year, as the election ballot is quite long, WeHo News will offer a public service to the voters by providing all the candidates with campaign space on our site.

In that way, voters can come to one place – WeHo News Election Section – to do their election shopping.

Each campaign will be given space to post policy positions, essays, videos, calls for donations, event notices and links to other articles or social media posts.

The section is up and active, although it requires populating by the campaigns.

The list of candidates as released by the City Clerk on Friday, December 12, is as follows.

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City council positions in the city of West Hollywood are part-time, supported by a full-time deputy.

City council positions in the City of West Hollywood are part-time, supported by a full-time deputy.

John D’Amico

Brian Funnagan

Matthew Ralston

Larry Block

Lindsey Horvath

John Heilman

James Duke Mason

Lauren Meister

Christopher T. Landavazo

Joseph Guardarrama

John Allendorfer

Tristan Schukraft

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