West Hollywood City Councilmember John Heilman ‘has been endorsed for re-election by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, an organization that works to get LGBTQ people elected to office.
Heilman is one of six LGBTQ candidates from around the country whose endorsement by the Victory Fund was announced today. It has endorsed a total of 282 candidates in the 2020 election cycle. Heilman has been engaged with the Victory Fund since its founding in 1991 and with the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials, which merged with the Victory Fund, since its founding in 1984.
Heilman has attended every annual conference since 1984, with the city paying the cost of his travel and housing, which last year was $3,262.
The city reimburses Council members for travel to a number of events hosted by organizations whose missions have nothing to do with management of the City of West Hollywood but do have a connection to a particular Council member’s political interests. For example, it has paid for Councilmember John Duran’s trips to Victory Fund events and for his travel to events hosted by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. Councilmember John D’Amico’s attendance at the Victory Fund event last year also was paid for by the city.
Both Heilman and Duran are running for re-election on Nov. 3. Heilman has served on the City Council since the city’s founding in 1984 except for a few brief months after losing his seat in the March 3, 2015 election. He returned to the Council after winning the June 2, 2015, special election to fill a seat vacated by Jeffrey Prang, who became Los Angeles County Assessor.