The final, albeit unofficial, tally of votes in last Tuesday’s West Hollywood City Council election shows John Heilman remains in the lead with 2,315 votes. That represents 46 percent of the total votes cast.
But what political observers have found most surprising is that 20 percent of the city’s registered voters cast their ballots in the special Council election to fill the seat vacated by Jeffrey Prang’s election as L.A. County Assessor. Many had predicted a much smaller turnout than the 20 percent who voted in the March 3 general election in which 12 candidates competed for three Council seats.
Also of interest to the political cognoscenti was the fact that Heilman’s 2,315 votes last week put him three votes ahead of the 2,312 votes that John D’Amico scored in his March 3 election victory. D’Amico, who has frequently expressed his dislike for Heilman, campaigned against him in last Tuesday’s election. Heilman came in fourth in the March 3 race with 2,066 votes. In addition to D’Amico, winners in that election were Lauren Meister (2,138 votes) and Lindsey Horvath (2,135 votes).
The final tally, which included a count of late mail-in ballots and ballots cast at the wrong polling place, was a total of 5,025 votes, 96 votes more than were cast in March. Heidi Shink came in second with 1,403 votes (28 percent), followed by Larry Block with 763 votes (15 percent) and Cole Ettman with 486 votes (10 percent). Fifty-eight votes were for write-in candidates. The votes will be certified, or made official, at the June 15 City Council meeting.