Heilman holds on to 3rd place; Wright is 20 votes behind

John Heilman (3,912) held on to third place in the vote count released Tuesday for the WeHo City Council elections, with Chelsea Byers (3,949) remaining in a distant second place behind Mayor Lauren Meister (6,055). Zekiah Wright (3,982), however, could still overtake Heilman as the count continues.

The top three vote-getters in the race will each win a four-year term on West Hollywood City Council. Traditionally, all councilmembers will serve one year of that term as WeHo’s mayor.

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S Aud
S Aud
2 days ago

Look at the bright side. John Trump Duran lost!!

Eric
Eric
6 days ago

So unsettling to think that we are going to have a council person who supports Hamas, who today killed and injured innocent people, stole a patient from a hospital. Very sad time for Weho that we voted Byers onto council.

Believing Their Own Press
Believing Their Own Press
4 days ago
Reply to  Eric

Even more unsettling that we have council members that do not appreciate or have the skills for running the municipal government of a small city whose mission it is to understand the micro/macro elements of implementing useful vision and practices for the residents. We have one council member that can examine nuts and bolts but seems oblivious to scope, another on a personal trajectory to higher office, one who although a project manager purported himself to be an architect and tandem personally flawed members pursuing divisive, personal special interests having no real experience in the wider world. A very sad… Read more »

sad outcome
sad outcome
2 days ago
Reply to  Eric

I agree–I’m sickened by the votes for Chelsea Byers. I’d be curious to know how widespread the antisemitic sentiment has gotten in West Hollywood. Are Shyne and Wright also committed to banning Jews from the City Hall?

Woody McBreairty
Woody McBreairty
6 days ago

The difference, according to this article, between Byers and Heilman is 37 votes, between Heilman & Duran is 323 votes. I think Duran could have won this, just like Hertzberg for CS could have won, with a stronger & more visible campaign. True Duran has pretty good name recognition in the city but anyone still has to campaign. Numbers 2-5 all received 10+% of the votes, making none of them resounding “winners” & that should make Heilman less “humble” as he said he was earlier in the vote count. I don’t understand why Byers got so many votes, I’d never… Read more »

Eastside Straight Girl
Eastside Straight Girl
2 days ago

Not with the SEB in power now to vote & make all of the decisions! Shyne-Erickson-Byers I agree that Duran should run again in 2 years & put more muscle in his campaigning. Also, yes, Hertzberg made a very smug & wrong decision to NOT try too hard, not come back & correct the brutal daggers that Horvath slung at him during debates, but most importantly….thinking that he was going up against someone without experience & because of that alone, he had it in the bag! Many elections have been lost by that alone….thinking that a newcomer couldn’t POSSIBLY win….and… Read more »

Last edited 2 days ago by Eastside Straight Girl
all is lost
all is lost
6 days ago

I feel sorry for Lauren Meister surrounded by the grifters and grafters. But mostly I pity us residents of West Hollywood with such poor decision making and leadership.

And so it goes....
And so it goes....
6 days ago
Reply to  all is lost

Don’t feel sorry for Lauren Meister, she needs to elevate her game. She has simply been a bit more palatable than the other choices. No shining stars when there was great opportunity.

TomSmart
TomSmart
1 day ago
Reply to  all is lost

Whilst Meister is certainly better than the rest of them, a few of us have emailed her for issues and she simply responds by copying staff. We are looking for follow-through and resolution, not simply a forwarded email.

And so it goes.
And so it goes.
19 hours ago
Reply to  TomSmart

Yup, she is not the problem solver she purports herself to be. She is a facilitator to staff or City Manager or City Attorney and doesn’t understand Municipal government any better than the rest of the special interest crew. She speaks of ethics in land or development projects and has obtained an extra degree during the pandemic but no real improvement. Strange person, strange life.

radii
radii
6 days ago

WeHo City Council long ago sold out to developers and the progressive reaction isn’t focused on controlling it or core economic issues, they’d rather be screechy and tedious about pronouns and esoterica

Pronouns & Esoterica
Pronouns & Esoterica
6 days ago
Reply to  radii

Yup, characterized as the alphabet soup of pronouns and the word salad of staff reports.

Rodrigo
Rodrigo
6 days ago
Reply to  radii

This!

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
7 days ago

Here’s a different take on this. It might be that Chelsea and Zekiah ran good campaigns. Traci Park in won in her area by creating a deluge of advertisement and was able to beat Darling, who had endorsements from many of the folks that endorsed Chelsea and Zekiah.

Also think about how many of West Hollywood’s residents, even people in their 50s and 60s, desperately try to be trendy, and might want trendy council members. Only in West Hollywood do I see older gents walking around with lip injections. It may be that this is our community.

Joshua88
Joshua88
6 days ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

Sorry, your take is far too logical.

However, I don’t think *trendy* is the correct word – young and progressive(ish), perhaps.

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
6 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

Oh ok…um…Zekiah and Chelsea beat residents with flyers, with Sepi in the background on her rockhopper, forcing them to vote for them? Is that better?

Last edited 6 days ago by WeHo Mary!
Joshua88
Joshua88
1 day ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

What is her *rockhopper?*

I just don’t think trendy describes this younger generation of candidates.

Linda Cauthen
1 day ago
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Joshua88
Joshua88
1 day ago
Reply to  Linda Cauthen

And now I know!

Thank you.

Eastside Straight Girl
Eastside Straight Girl
8 days ago

So, for every one of you that think that we have a honest election….think again! These mail-in votes IS the #one way to cheat! As of 2020, the population of WeHo is 35,800 people. As of the new numbers of votes that have so far been calculated for the people that ran for council is 36,623. The cheating is at an all time high when you have more votes calculated than there are residents. Also, it’s been proven over & over again that only a little over a1/3 of the population in any given city vote in the midterm elections!… Read more »

Dubious at Best
Dubious at Best
8 days ago

Looks very. dubious. Stuffed mailboxes with campaign literature, stuffed staff reports with unintelligible inaccuracies, stuffed resumes from our new Hometown Hero Supervisor, stuffed ballot ballot boxes aka Mail In Ballots. An inquiry should be filed at the very least or shall we wait until the number of ballots counted surpass population count?

Awake-and-Sing
Awake-and-Sing
6 days ago

Or we could do math and divide the total number of votes cast by three.

Eric
Eric
8 days ago

Not sure how you are thinking the numbers dont make sense without data on how many people voted and how many people voted for either, one, two or three candidates.

Three votes for three seats
Three votes for three seats
8 days ago

That doesn’t make any sense as each voter has the option of choosing three candidates for the three seats. So that 36,623 includes people who appropriately voted for multiple candidates. While you might not like the outcome, your allegations don’t make sense. If every voter who’s vote has been counted so far did choose their three candidates, only 12,207 voters have had their votes counted. Please stop the nonsense about fraud.

Left Field
Left Field
8 days ago

Everyone had 3 votes.. 36,623 divided by 3 is 12,207.

Eastside Straight Girl
Eastside Straight Girl
7 days ago
Reply to  Left Field

In all of the years that the city has been here, nobody has gotten more than 4000 votes. 1/2 the voting people voted for Lauren Meister? That doesn’t make any sense. I think that we need a mathematician to crunch the numbers that in my opinion are wayyy off. Most people do not vote in the midterms. I know many that did not vote!

Last edited 7 days ago by Eastside Straight Girl
Left Field
Left Field
7 days ago

3 votes to split among 12 candidates Mayor Meister received 16.48 % of the vote.

Awake-and-Sing
Awake-and-Sing
6 days ago

Everyone had three votes. Try again.

Plus, elections being synced to regular election cycles instead of off season means that of course turnout would be higher.

Don’t be a Trumpist and make completely baseless claims of cheating just because your candidate(s) lost.

Koweho
Koweho
2 days ago

Divide by three for the actual voters. It does show that only about 33% of the city actually voted, so when Unite can get out their vote and others can’t , their candidates win.

Joshua88
Joshua88
1 day ago

This – on a second reading, is an amazing post.

It has already been addressed multiple times, but where did you learn critical thinking? Or thought – at all?

Robert Steloff
Robert Steloff
8 days ago

How Chelsea Byers, our very own in-house anti-semite, less than 2-year WEHO resident, could be in this position, is truly baffling – Progressive city of ALL, NOT – Wright, SAME – Sad & Pathetic times for our city.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
9 days ago

This can’t be happening!

:dpb
:dpb
9 days ago

Something is not right here.

JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  :dpb

I’ll say! Somebody who was down around fifth place all of a sudden, in mail-in ballots, 12 days after election surges a heads to second place? We know this union is dirty and rotten, and will do anything to win.

Ian
Ian
9 days ago

Outside money selecting West Hollywood’s leaders. Extremely corrupt. No different than Soros money.

C. R.
C. R.
8 days ago
Reply to  Ian

Well if “outside money” isn’t behind whatever it is you support, it must be worthless, eh?

Eric
Eric
9 days ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

They both clowns!

Disingenuous Johns
Disingenuous Johns
9 days ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

These two narcissists just can’t be professional. It is such an becoming look for them as they both look extremely petty. D’Amico’s hatred of Heilman is both legendary and sad. #girlbye. But it is rivaled by the constant battle Lindsey has waged against Lauren. It is truly pathetic and Lauren’s tweet simply stated that Lindsey’s campaign commitments to address homelessness, like she claimed to have done here in West Hollywood, would be a good thing. If Erickson has an issue with that, it is on him as Lindsey campaigned on it. None of us forget all of the voting against… Read more »

Unsound Weho
Unsound Weho
9 days ago

Weho home of the mentally and emotional unsound. Too many victims striving for the limelight👑 and not enough adults. What a place!🙄😰😱

Joshua88
Joshua88
8 days ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

Now that is amusing.
See this tweet after the 11/18 status: Nika Soon-Shiong on Twitter: “Tweet of the year https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/13.0.1/svg/1f3c6.svg” / Twitter

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