Mike Gerle, WeHo City Staffer, Announces City Council Bid

Mike Gerle
Mike Gerle

Mike Gerle announced his candidacy today for West Hollywood City Council in the March 2015 election.

A resident of West Hollywood for more than 20 years, Gerle is a former International Mr. Leather titleholder and the first West Hollywood City Hall staff member ever to run for a Council seat. Gerle has been active in the West Hollywood community and worked in various departments within West Hollywood City Hall for 17 years.

“The City of West Hollywood is at a turning point,” Gerle said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “As a community leader and someone who loves WeHo, I know it is time to stand up and fight for my Ccty. The only ‘business as usual’ in the city of West Hollywood should be a collaborative, open process, where every resident has a voice.

“True West Hollywood ‘business as usual’ includes the best, the brightest and the forward-thinking, not just those with the most money and best connections inside the corner offices of City Hall.”

Gerle said that in 1990 he was drawn to the Louise Hay “Hayride” in West Hollywood Park Auditorium. He said he was inspired by the outpouring of love and commitment he felt from the community during the height of the AIDS epidemic to move to West Hollywood in 1991.

Openly HIV positive, Gerle supports the organizations that helped him survive and thrive in spite of an AIDS diagnosis. He has run two marathons for AIDS Project Los Angeles and has been a rider five times in the AIDS/LifeCycle, the seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Gerle also is the moderator of the West Hollywood Gay Men’s Discussion Group.

“Our dedication to the values that made West Hollywood strong is not only our responsibility to each other today. It is our legacy for those who will follow us,” Gerle said.

In March, Mike married his husband, Garrett McClure, on the Great Lawn of West Hollywood Park. At City Hall, he created a “City Academy” he called Community Through Engagement (CTE). Two separate classes of 25 residents selected as “fresh voices” were introduced to every city process and the people at City Hall as well as the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Gerle’s work at City Hall includes service in the Finance and City Manager’s Departments. More information about Gerle’s campaign is available on his website.

Seats held by Mayor John D’Amico and Councilmembers John Heilman and Abbe Land will be up for re-election in March 2015. Other seats may be available, depending on the results of the upcoming June Los Angeles County primary. Councilmember Jeffrey Prang is running for LA County Assessor and Councilmember John Duran is running for the 3rd District LA County Supervisor seat.

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DJK
DJK
8 years ago

What does he plan to do to restore the sanity of regular meter hours, and get rid of business-killing extended meter hour extortion? Does he believe burdening WeHo residents with tickets over curbing tires — a clear attempt to raise revenue off the backs of residents who can’t afford their own houses with their own driveways since modern brakes do not fail on hills? Does he think it’s okay that the City colludes with tow companies to take residents’ cars from in front of their own homes after throwing up arbitrary, temporary no parking signs? What exactly does he plan… Read more »

smmesq2@sbcglobal.net
smmesq2@sbcglobal.net
8 years ago

I remember Michael when he and John Nieto organized the neighborhoods north of the night club “Peanuts” in an effort to clean up the area and make their neighborhood safer. He is a dedicated community member and his background in finance could be a huge asset on the City Council. We are lucky to see a number of really qualified and dedicated folks gearing up to run for City Council. Hopefully new blood will generate a higher level of interest in our local elections.
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Rob Grant
8 years ago

Go get ’em, Stud!

Don Jones
Don Jones
8 years ago

never hear of him

Marco Colantonio
Marco Colantonio
8 years ago

The current roster of Council candidates includes all of the usual suspects and is dismal in prospects with individuals motivated by anger, narcissism and an overall jaded discontent. Mike Gerle is a positive and optimistic force in our city and his candidacy is exciting, infusing hope and raising expectations. There’s a lot to like about Mike!

nir zilberman
8 years ago

love this man!!! vote for him. honest. loving man! you go mike.

Jimmy Palmieri
8 years ago

This, is a game-changer.

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