The West Hollywood City Council seat held by Jeffrey Prang will be on the ballot in June.
The Council voted unanimously tonight to schedule a special election to fill Prang’s seat, which he resigned after taking office as L.A. County Assessor on Dec. 1. The Council’s other option would have been to appoint someone to fill the remaining two years of Prang’s term.
Three other Council seats will be on the March 3 ballot. Incumbents John D’Amico and John Heilman are running for re-election along with 10 other challengers. Abbe Land, who has served on the Council for almost 18 years, announced that she would not seek re-election.
Two candidates who initially announced for the March 3 election spoke before the Council tonight to urge them to hold a special election rather than appoint someone to the Prang seat. Both of those speakers — Cole Ettman and Heidi Shink — decided not to run for office in March and have told supporters they will run in the June election.
It’s possible that a candidate who doesn’t win the March 3 election can announce for the June election. Councilmember John Duran said tonight that a candidate who loses the March 3 election would have three days to file for the June ballot.