TUESDAY: Zekiah Wright kicks off City Council campaign

Attorney Zekiah N. Wright will officially launch their historic campaign to become the first Black and first non-binary member of the West Hollywood City Council with a campaign kick-off event at Gym Bar in West Hollywood on Tuesday, May 10th at 5:30 p.m. An employment and labor law litigator, Wright has served on the West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board since 2019 and has already earned a bevy of major endorsements, including West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne, SEIU United Health Workers, and over 20 community leaders, businesses, and elected officials. 

A Florida native, Wright worked for the US Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C. before moving to West Hollywood to start their own law firm as a solution to the high numbers of LGBTQ+, Black, and Latinx employees and business owners who do not have representation by LGBTQ+ and Black attorneys. Zekiah’s campaign will focus on public safety, homelessness, affordable housing, renters’ rights, quality of life improvements, and supporting small businesses as the city recovers from the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m running for West Hollywood City Council because our city needs a community leader that will build coalitions, be accountable to the people they represent, and move us forward with common-sense policies. I am that leader” said Wright. “I believe in building on the great work that has already been done in our city and thinking outside the box to address the dire issues facing our city. It will take all of us working together, but I believe we can usher in a brighter future for West Hollywood.”

In addition to the campaign kick-off event on May 10th, Wright’s campaign will be participating in an evening of comedy and a roast of West Hollywood City Councilmember John D’Amico on May 19th at Rocco’s in West Hollywood. 

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To learn more about Zekiah’s campaign for West Hollywood City Council, please visit their website at wright4weho.com

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Eric Jon Schmidt-Henderson
Eric Jon Schmidt-Henderson
16 days ago

When you’re on a sinking ship and all the lifeboats (current city council members) have leaks in them, don’t turn away an independent lifeboat which has not been compromised by the current toxic and ineffective atmosphere (which is the history of West Hollywood leadership). Be willing to accept help before you go down with the ship. It’s time to rotate the crops in West Hollywood leadership. Nothing healthy will grow in old, tired soil except weeds. It’s hard to get rid of weeds, but once you do good things start growing.

:dpb
:dpb
16 days ago

Zekiah stacks up and then that endorsement from Shyne. That’s a huge negative. How long have they lived in West Hollywood? They obviously want to defund the sheriffs department. Where do they stand on Public Safety and protecting the public?

Altered States
Altered States
16 days ago
Reply to  :dpb

They/them. Such protocol as it suggests multiple personalities. Could be a variation of the Me, Myself and I syndrome. Is that it? How do the little green men from Mars fit in? Or what about the garden variety citizens or are they now classified as plants?

:dpb
:dpb
15 days ago
Reply to  Altered States

Disrespect for a persons choices for self identification is not a trait of anyone other than a bigoted Neanderthal. Let’s leave the name calling to Horvath.

Altered States
Altered States
13 days ago
Reply to  :dpb

Far from being disrespectful, Atty. Wright has chosen to identify as other as in self identification which automatically sets up the perception of division. What Atty. Wright seeks is inclusion but simultaneously promotes identification as some benevolent unifying gesture. It makes no sense. A course in international diplomacy or basic social grace might help. Starting out with chip on one’s shoulder becomes a cause and distinction which seems counterproductive.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
16 days ago

He has a chance…..albeit a small one.

JF1
JF1
16 days ago

With an endorsement from Shyne…No thanks.

JHD
JHD
17 days ago

Ummm.. no thank you!

Tom
Tom
17 days ago

Think outside the platitudes and explain one of those “common-sense policies” and maybe you will get my vote.

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
17 days ago

That quote at the end sounds nice, but I see two big red flags. Red Flag 1: Worked in D.C., a city of attention seeking politico nerds who run around talking about forming “coalitions”, yet get absolutely nothing done. Red Flag 2: Their business sounds like a non-profit. We have enough non-profit people or pseudo non-profit people on the City Council. When it comes to real business owners, there really isn’t any representation. Career non-profit workers don’t understand how difficult it is to do business in a city like West Hollywood, and business owners need more support.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
17 days ago

Good Grief

voter
voter
17 days ago

I do not support this candidate. They do not represent myself or my neighbors in a way, shape, or form.

WehoFan
WehoFan
17 days ago

Is this an endorsement by Wehoville? If it is, just say so. Stop pretending to be impartial!

Larry Block
Admin
17 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

It’s a press release. We are a news site. We post press releases. I read it this morning along with your misguided comment.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
17 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

“No one is forcing you to read this site”

-Wehofan

WehoFan
WehoFan
16 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Larry you tarnished wehoville with your abortion op-ed. You are not a news site. You are an advocacy site.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
16 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

Lol at you having a meltdown in the comments section.

WeHo Resident
WeHo Resident
16 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

Even major newspapers have an Op-Ed section. You can disagree or agree. That’s the point. They publish opinion pieces intended to get people thinking and talking about important and relevant topics. Roe v. Wade is one of the most consequential cases (and the law of the land) for the last 50 years. Overturning it would be horrific, and at a minimum, worthy of an Op-Ed. I don’t think Larry tarnished anything by writing it. So, calm down with your hysteria.

WehoFan
WehoFan
16 days ago
Reply to  WeHo Resident

Who’s hysterical? The owner of Block Party should stop pretending to be a journalist.

Larry Block
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

Hey I made an investment in a community paper that failed. And we are alive and you have nothing better to do than read it. so go figure?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
16 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

Sorry Wehoville isn’t the MAGA rag you want it to be, Wehofan. Get over yourself and stop whining.

JF1
JF1
16 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Just stop.

WehoFan
WehoFan
16 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Greeneyedguy why did you celebrate when unvaccinated people were fired from their jobs and banned from restaurants?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
16 days ago
Reply to  WehoFan

What does this have to do with your hypocrisy? Don’t read Wehoville if you have such a problem with the site. Practice what you preach!

Stop trying to censor people!

West
15 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Wehoville has maneuvered with real class after Horvath and Erickson’s coordinated retaliation against this publication last year.

So when Erickson and Horvath chose to finally descend from their perches and address the public, Wehoville gave them that chance.

And lucky for the public— we see our “leaders” flail and fail for ourselves.

Getting to the Truth
Getting to the Truth
17 days ago

Sorry to respectfully break this to you Attorney Wright but you appear to be the very essence of identity politics endorsed by a current charter member of the local identity politics club. Clearly you have been and are here to carve out a niche because it is what you do but have no concept of broad coalition building or experience that would benefit ALL the residents of the city. Where are your independent colorblind eyes and aspirations rather than allowing yourself to be immediately attached to someone else’s baggage. You have already chosen your lane in anticipation of discrimination in… Read more »

Bastian
Bastian
17 days ago

Resident Zekiah Wright expressed support for police offers “that care about communities,” but said the current system is not working and should therefore be phased out.
“We’ve lived in a police state since the city was founded and find ourselves still feeling unsafe and are overwhelmed by the rise of new challenges,” Wright said. “Let’s meet these new challenges with new solutions. The City Council should activate more community alternatives to policing and have a bigger vision of what the city can be to create a better and safer WeHo.”

Nope

WEHO Resident
WEHO Resident
17 days ago
Reply to  Bastian

Where did you find these quotes? If this is what this candidate actually said somewhere, I agree with you. Won’t get my vote either. The last thing we need is one more anti-law enforcement candidate who wants to “build coalitions” for a self-serving political career and do nothing for this City. I guess the endorsement from council member Shyne should have been a dead giveaway.

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