Twenty percent of registered voters in West Hollywood cast ballots in last week’s City Council election. The final unofficial vote count, released yesterday by the City Clerk, showed 4,929 of 25,067 registered voters participated.
With the final vote count Mayor John D’Amico remained the front runner in the race for three Council seats with 2,312 votes, or 18 percent of the total. He was followed by challengers Lauren Meister with 2,138 votes (16 percent) and Lindsey Horvath with 2,135 votes (or 16 percent).
Councilmember John Heilman, who lost in last week’s election but is running for Council in the June 2 special election, got 2,066 votes (16 percent). He was followed by challenger Joe Guardarrama with 1,881 votes (14 percent).
Larry Block, who also has filed for the June 2 Council race, scored 1,032 votes (eight percent). Of the remaining candidates, James “Duke” Mason and Matt Ralston each got three percent of votes cast. Christopher Landavazo and Tristan Schukraft each got two percent. Brian Funnagan and John Allendorfer took one percent each.
Last week’s turnout equalled the 20 percent in the 2013 City Council race but was significantly higher than the 14 percent turnout in the June 2014 state and county primary election.
The unofficial final results will become official on March 16, when the new Council will be formed with D’Amico, Meister, Horvath and Councilmember John Duran, who was not up for re-election. The fifth Council seat, left empty in December when Jeffrey Prang took office as L.A. County Assessor, will be up for election on June 2.