Challenger Lindsey Horvath has pulled ahead of incumbent John Heilman in the final unofficial count of votes in Tuesday’s West Hollywood City Council election.
With only a very few votes left to be counted, Horvath has won with a total of 2,133. The count of provisional and write-in votes over the past few days has put her close behind challenger Lauren Meister, who won with 2,136 votes. Mayor John D’Amico was re-elected with 2,309 votes.
Heilman, the city’s longest serving City Council member with 30 years in office, now has filed as a candidate in the June 2 special election to fill the seat vacated by Jeffrey Prang in December when he won the race for L.A. County Assessor.
Horvath is the global coordinator for the V-Day One Billion Rising campaign, an effort to end gender-based violence. She was appointed to the Council in 2009 after the death of Councilmember Sal Guarriello. She lost in her re-election bid in 2011 to John D’Amico.
Others who will be on the June ballot include Larry Block, who came in sixth with 1,032 votes), previously announced candidates Heidi Shink and Cole Ettman and Ariane Kamp.
Newly elected Council members will be sworn-in at the next regular meeting of the West Hollywood City Council, which will take place on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, south of Santa Monica Boulevard. The city will hold its annual City Council reorganization and installation meeting on April 20 at 6 p.m.