At least three seats are up for grabs—those held by John D’Amico, John Heilman and Abbe Land. Campaign finance statements available on the city’s website show that D’Amico and Heilman have already filed to run for re-election. With Councilmember Jeffrey Prang running for Los Angeles County Assessor (a race he’s considered to have a good chance at winning), an additional seat may be in play for the March 2015 election.
An array of WeHo residents have either entered the race, have told WEHOville.com that they intend to run, or have been deemed likely to run by political observers.
Ettman, the chief operating officer of the Beverly Hills law firm Levine & Blit, was appointed to the Public Facilities Commission by Councilmember Jeffrey Prang in 2012. He said he supports Prang’s bid for Assessor and “want(s) to follow in his footsteps and continue the strong leadership that he’s given to the city.”
“I love West Hollywood, both its past and its present,” Ettman said. “I’ve always had a passion for making sure that people’s voices are heard. And I love this city so much—it’s a beautiful, dynamic place to live, and I want to make sure it stays that way … I will be an advocate for everyone in this city.”
The Public Facilities Commission reviews proposed development of public facilities such as parks and the library, and Ettman said his experience as a commissioner has made him passionate about park space. He said that he’s a big advocate for dog parks and that he wants to see more recreational activities (such as sports leagues) offered for adults in WeHo. Ettman said that he has been speaking to commissioners and residents about issues of importance to them, and he plans to put out a comprehensive platform by Oct. 1. Ettman previously worked as a deputy for Howard Lasher, a Brooklyn City Councilmember.
Meanwhile, Sam Borelli, who’d been considered a likely candidate, announced today that he will not enter the race. Borelli, a communications consultant, was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2013 council race.
“In my last email I wrote that I would make a decision shortly after Labor Day about whether I would run for West Hollywood City Council in the upcoming March 2015 election, when the other three seats come up for vote. After much reflection, I have decided not to run but very much appreciate the support and encouragement to do so,” Borelli said in an e-mail blast.
This story was updated to add information about Sam Borelli’s announcement.