How many more years can John Heilman serve on the West Hollywood City Council? The 30-year incumbent, one of the founders of the city in 1984, lost his bid for re-election on March 3. One of the arguments against his re-election was that the Council needed new blood.
However last night Heilman won a special election to fill the remaining two years of Jeffrey Prang’s term of office. Prang stepped down in December to take his position as L.A. County Assessor.
Term limits were enacted in 2013 in a referendum promoted by residents unhappy about the lengthy terms of Council members. Now anyone elected to the Council after that is limited to three terms of a maximum of four years each.
So, given that Heilman will be filling the remaining two years of Prang’s term, does he get a pass to run again for three additional four-year terms? The answer from City Hall is “no.” If Heilman wants to run again, and wins, in 2017, he also can run again in 2021. That would give him a total of 40 years on the City Council.