Who would get John Heilman’s vote for West Hollywood City Council if John Heilman weren’t running? Apparently Larry Block.
According to several people who were there, Heilman introduced Block at his campaign fundraising event last night at Flaming Saddles bar. Heilman told those in attendance that if for some reason one of them wouldn’t vote for him in the June 2 election, he should vote for Block.
Block, the owner of The Block Party clothing store and a local activist on issues such as crosswalk safety and restoring the rainbow flag to City Hall, is one of four candidates in the special election for one Council seat. Heilman, who served 30 years on the Council until losing his race for re-election in the March 3 general election. The other candidates are Heidi Shink and Cole Ettman, each of whom has been under investigation for campaign finance irregularities. Shink’s campaign is being investigated by the West Hollywood City Prosecutor, and Ettman has had 13 lawsuits filed against his committee for a 2004 race for a state Senate seat in New York.
Ettman has won the support of a Bill Resnick, a psychiatrist who is the son of Stewart Resnick, owner of the Franklin Mint company, the Teleflora flower delivery company, Fiji water and one of the biggest producers of mandarin oranges, pistachios and pomegranates in the United States. Resnick and his wife are ranked No. 393 on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s billionaires.
Resnick’s $40,000 contribution earlier this year to an independent expenditure committee supporting Lauren Meister was the largest single contribution ever made by an individual in a West Hollywood City Council race. Resnick is hosting an event for Ettman on Saturday at his home on Westbourne Drive.