In the first major endorsement of candidates in the March 7 West Hollywood City Council election, City Councilmember John D’Amico has given his support to incumbents John Duran and John Heilman.
“I have a history of endorsing outsiders,” D’Amico said, “and yet I have been thoughtful in considering this election, and I decided to endorse John and John.”
“I just see that John Duran’s eloquence and speaking up for people and keeping alive the history of our people and what matters to them is unmatched,” D’Amico said. “John Heilman’s deep history with elected and appointed officials across the city at all levels of government is unparallelled.”
D’Amico said that given the turmoil in the country with the election of Donald Trump as president, it is especially important to have elected officials with Duran’s and Heilman’s sense of history and connections.
“Things have the potential to require much more specific attention, and I think John and John can provide that,” he said.
D’Amico’s endorsement of Heilman is likely to surprise some voters, given their contentious relationship after D’Amico was elected to the city council in 2011 in a campaign that was focused against Heilman, who has served on the council since the city’s incorporation in 1984, save for a few months in 2015. But D’Amico said the two have built a good working relationship over the years.
Duran and Heilman are two of ten candidates for two seats on the city council. Many of the others have been relatively unknown, although Steve Martin, an attorney and former council member, and Cynthia Blatt, a neighborhood activist, have greater recognition.