West Hollywood Planning Commissioner Heidi Shink, a long-rumored candidate for City Council, has officially entered the 2015 race.
Shink has filed a “candidate intention statement” with the city, and a fundraiser for her campaign is being held at Chaz
Bono’s home on June 21. Because the event flyer lists the costs as $500 for one guest, $1,000 for a co-host (two guests) and $2,000 for a host (four guests), some residents raised questions about whether the event complied with WeHo’s campaign finance laws, which cap donations at $500/person.
According to Shink, the event complies with the law.
“The invitation states clearly that the $2,000 Host level is for 4 individual guests – meaning each $500 donation represents a single, separate donor. Likewise, the $1,000 level represents two guests, and the $500 is for one guest. Please know that the names of all of my donors will always be completely transparent and available for viewing,” Shink said via e-mail.
A longtime West Hollywood resident, Shink has served on the Human Services Commission as well as the Planning Commission.
Shink enters a crowded March 2015 race that could shake up a City Council now comprised mostly of long-tenured Council members. (The exception is John D’Amico, who was elected in 2011.) Running for re-election are Mayor John D’Amico and likely the other incumbent council members, John Heilman and Abbe Land. Incumbents John Duran and Jeffrey Prang are both running for county positions (L.A. County Supervisor and Assessor respectively), which could leave one or both of their seats open. D’Amico has already filed a candidate intention statement.
Other candidates who have filed intention statements, available on the city’s website, include: Larry Block; Mikel Gerle; Lucas John Junkin and Lauren Meister.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Mikel Gerle’s name.