John D’Amico has confirmed to WEHOville that he will not seek re-election and is serving out his final term.
D’Amico’s retirement will leave at least one open seat in the 2022 election. Mayor Lindsey Horvath has also announced that she will be running in 2022 for Los Angeles County Supervisor, a seat currently held by Supervisor Kuehl who has announced she will be retiring. If Horvath is able to claim one of the top two spots in the June 2022 primary runoff she will be ineligible to also run in the West Hollywood City Council election. The move opens up the possibilities of two open seats in the West Hollywood 2022 City Council election.
John D’Amico was elected to his first term in 2011. He ran against the establishment forces of John Heilman, Abbe Land, and newly appointed Council member Lindsey Horvath. In his first bid for office D’Amico finished first with 2876 votes, followed by former Council member Abbe Land with 2834 votes and John Heilman was third with 2626 votes. Steve Martin finished 4th with 2320 votes and incumbent Lindsey Horvath finished 5th with 2124 votes.
In that 2011 City Council election D’Amico was endorsed by then Council member John Duran. But D’Amico ran and came in first place without the support of the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood Democratic Club or the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
The term limits Measure C was passed by the voters in 2013. The term limits initiative limits Council members to 12 years in office. The measure was not ‘retroactive’ and took effect after the 2013 election. D’Amico was re-elected in 2015 and then again in 2019. He has one more term available to him.
With the defeat of former Council members John Heilman and John Duran in 2020 both former Council members are eligible for one more term in office.
D’Amico became a kingmaker when he supported Lauren Meister in her first successful run for office in 2015. Meister was able to win after serving as a community advocate for many years. But the establishment was firmly against the anti-development Meister. Despite the obstacles Lauren Meister was able to secure a seat on the West Hollywood City Council without the support of the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood Democratic Club or the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
With D’Amico out of the 2022 race, and the potential that Horvath will not be eligible to run in the West Hollywood City Council election that would leave Meister as the only incumbent in the race.
Meister ran the term limits campaign Measure C in 2013 and rolled that popularity into a council seat. If Meister succeeds in 2022, she would then become the first council member to ‘term-out’ of office.