Independent Staff Report
WEST HOLLYWOOD — Three months after voting him out of office for the first time in the city’s history, voters here returned John Heilman to the City Council in a special election June 2.
In unofficial results, Heilman received 2,026 votes to easily outdistance Heidi Shink, who had 1,185 votes. Larry Block finished third with 637 votes, followed by Cole Ettman with 384 votes.
City Clerk Yvonne Quarker said provisional and late absentee ballots remained to be counted, but Heilman was declared the winner and will be sworn in to the council at a special meeting June 15 at 5 p.m. in West Hollywood Council Chambers to fill the remainder of the term vacated when Jeff Prang was elected county assessor last November.
Ironically, Heilman received 40 fewer votes in the special election than he did in March was he finished fourth in a 12-candidate race.
Lindsey Horvath and Lauren Meister were elected to the council in March and John D’Amico was re-elected.
Heilman returns to the council where he has served for all but three months of the city’s 30-year history.
In association with the Coalition for Economic Survival, Heilman led the cityhood effort in 1984 and was elected to the first City Council. He has served as mayor six times in 30 years, most recently in 2010.
A native of Cleveland, he moved to Southern California to attend law school at USC. He earned his law degree in 1982 and returned to USC to earn master’s degrees in public administration in 2007 and real estate development in 2009.
He teaches at the USC Gould School of Law and Southwestern Law School.