Latest Vote Count Continues to Confirm Major Shakeup on West Hollywood City Council

Vote count as of 6 p.m. Wednesday

The latest unofficial results from Tuesday’s West Hollywood City Council election shows challengers Sepi Shyne and John Erickson remain in the lead and likely to win the two Council seats.

Tuesday’s election of two relatively young candidates who haven’t previously served on the Council, and the rejection of two of the oldest and longest-serving Council members, is a major and unprecedented event in the history of West Hollywood. Shyne’s election means the Council will have a majority of three women. She also is the first lesbian elected to the City Council since 1984, when Valerie Terrigno was elected in the city’s first election.

Sepi Shyne

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Shyne has garnered 7,041 votes, 23.52% of the total. Erickson so far has 6,588 votes, 21.67% of the total. That puts him 967 votes ahead of John Heilman, Erickson’s mentor and the city’s longest-serving City Council member.

Councilmember John Duran, who has been on the Council for 20 years, remains in fifth place, with 2,935 votes (9.8% of the total.)  Duran has been the most scandal-plagued member of the Council, with national media coverage of allegations of his sexual misconduct and derogatory marks made by him about fellow Council members. Those scandals are likely a reason that he so far has attracted less than half of the votes cast in favor of the two leading challengers. Larry Block, who is making his second run for City Council, is ahead of Duran with 3,028 votes (10.11% of the total).

There has been no change in the ranking of the other six candidates on the ballot.

Unofficial election results also indicate that Measure E, a measure establishing a 3/4¢ sales tax, has been approved by West Hollywood voters with votes currently tallied at 12,897 “yes” (73%) and 4,770 “no” (27%). Measure E will provide approximately $11 million annually to fund various city services.

John Erickson

There are 29,523 registered voters in West Hollywood, and it already is evident that more voters have participated in this election than any other. That likely is because this year’s City Council election has been moved to the same date as the Presidential election and all registered voters received vote-by-mail ballots. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office must still count same-day registration ballots, provisional ballots, and vote-by-mail ballots received on Election Day. Final election results are scheduled to be certified on Nov. 30, and it is anticipated that the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will declare the election concluded on Dec. 8.

The two newly elected Council members are anticipated to be sworn-in at the regular meeting of the City Council on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. The City Council annually elects the city’s mayor and mayor pro tempore in a rotation of Council members. The current mayor, Lindsey Horvath, will continue her position through May 17. As the current mayor pro tempore, John Heilman, is not anticipated to win re-election, the City Council is anticipated to choose a new Council member to serve in that honorary role Dec. 21.

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Jay
Jay
10 months ago

I vote for Sepi’s dog as the unofficial mascot of West Hollywood! That face!

hifi5000
hifi5000
10 months ago

It’s about time John Duran was removed from office.He bought a lot of headaches to the reputation of West Hollywood. He is out of here!

Congratulations to the new councilpersons Sepi Shyne and John Erickson. I hope they serve with honor,common sense and graciousness in their new positions.

Best wishes to John Heilman.To me,he seemed stuck on the city council.

Danielle Harris
Danielle Harris
10 months ago

Congrats to Sepi. This town needed a change and she’s a breath of fresh air. Too bad they replaced one John with another. Erickson has proven himself incompetent and Lindsey’s stooge over and over again. At least we can look forward to his “performances” on the dais for four years!

WeHo Poster
WeHo Poster
10 months ago

Don’t blame me. I voted for Bob Avakian

Christopher McDonald
Christopher McDonald
10 months ago

Sepi won big and didn’t receive any money from developers! I hope all future candidates take notice… you don’t need developer money to win. Hopefully in the future all candidates running for West Hollywood city council will pledge that they will not accept developer donations.

John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
John Daniel Harrington-Tyrell
10 months ago

Congrats to Shyne and Erickson…Best wishes to Duran and Heilman in all their future endeavors

Woody McBreairty
Woody McBreairty
10 months ago

Makes me wonder if the election had not been moved to the November ballot, would the outcome have been the same. I bet not. I think the main reasons the incumbents kept getting reelected is because there was such a low voter turn out on their previous schedule.

Ryan Gierach
Ryan Gierach
10 months ago

Woody, you are dead on there. It was part of the plan initiated ten years ago by D’Amico to crush the machine, joined later by Meister. Moving the election, initiating term limits, and a focus on the money brought to the dais by developers finally, after a decade, brought the machine down.
Re-read the LA Weekly item, West Follywood, for a reminder of where we once were.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
10 months ago
Reply to  Ryan Gierach

I don’t know how committed John D’Amico was to “crushing the machine”: he endorsed Heilman and Duran for re-election last time around. My impression was that the incumbents moved the election to November because they believed it would give them an advantage. But the last four years of endless bad headlines had apparently alerted a vast number of otherwise unplugged residents to the idea that it was time for these two incumbents to go.

Lyn Etcetera
Lyn Etcetera
10 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Steve, the state legislature passed a law that if a cities voting was in decline a certain percentage, that they had to change their elections to correspond to the presidential years Nov. and the governors year Nov. elections dates.
IMO there are a lot of elected officials who didn’t like heilman’s hog the stage and stamp out new younger wiser voices. Just my opinion and as long as I’m here, buh bye : )

Weho Truth Talk
Weho Truth Talk
10 months ago
Reply to  Ryan Gierach

Moving elections to November will hurt Lauren Meister. Her entire base is almost all wealthy homeowners and they cast a much larger percentage of the vote in non November elections.

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