Heidi Shink leads the other three candidates in contributions for the June 2 election for West Hollywood City Council.
According to campaign disclosure statements for the period ending April 18, Shink raised $32,099. With her loan to her campaign of $10,200, her total funding was $42,299. Shink appears to be in the best cash position, with $28,954 in her campaign account. Her unpaid debt, including her loan to herself, is $12,602.
In the No. 2 position is John Heilman, who has raised $18,174. With his loan to his campaign of $10,100, his total is $28,274. Heilman also will benefit from $40,012 raised by an independent expenditure committee funded primarily by real estate interests to promote his candidacy. As of April 18, Heilman had $9,907 remaining in his campaign account with an outstanding debt of $10,100, the amount of his loan.
Coming in third is Cole Ettman, who reported contributions of $15,467. Ettman also has on the books loans to himself of $50,000, bringing his total funding to $65,467. As of April 18, Ettman had $51,144 remaining in his campaign account with unpaid bills of $52,904, which includes his $50,000 loan to himself.
Larry Block ranks fourth, with contributions of $3,198 and a loan to himself of $10,000, for a total of $13,198. As of April 18 he had $8,971 remaining in his campaign account and outstanding debt of $10,000, the amount of his loan to himself.
Prominent names on Shink’s list of donors include WeHo City Councilmember John D’Amico ($500), D’Amico’s husband, Keith Rand ($500), and L.A. County Assessor and former WeHo Councilmember Jeffrey Prang ($250).
Heilman’s list of donors includes well-known figures such as state Assemblymember Richard Bloom, whose district includes West Hollywood ($500); Robin Conerly, executive director of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corp. ($500); Craig Thompson, executive director of AIDS Project Los Angeles ($500); WeHo Councilmember John Duran ($250), and Lori Jean, CEO of the L.A. LGBT Center ($100).
Shink and Heilman each received a contribution of $500 from Demetri Darmos, developer of a project at 826 Kings Rd. whose approval by the city Planning Commission is being appealed by residents of the neighborhood at the City Council’s May 4 meeting. Shink, a member of the Planning Commission, voted for the project, but she recently told WEHOville that she no longer supports it. A representative of Shink’s campaign said she returned Darmos’s contribution.
Ettman’s donors include a number of lawyers (he is the manager of a Beverly Hills law firm) and Steve Martin, the former West Hollywood City Council member, ($100).
WEHOville will analyze the donations and publish a more detailed report in the near future.