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West Hollywood voters return three incumbents to office

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Voters returned three incumbents to the City Council March 5, despite a slate of eight challengers on the ballot.

Unofficial totals from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office showed Councilwomen Lindsey Horvath in first place with 2,917 votes, followed by Councilwoman Lauren Meister with 2,708 and Councilman John D’Amico with 1,840.

Challenger Sepi Shyne, an attorney, was the only challenger to receive more than 1,000 votes, finishing fourth with 1,582 votes.

James Duke Mason, a public relations specialist was fifth with 963 votes, followed by Marquita Thomas, a nonprofit executive director with 766; he challengers include Brendan Hood, a marketing analytics director with 351; Tom DeMille, an artist with 281; Shawn Davis Mooney, a senior living executive with 235; Jack Cline, a registered nurse with 187; and Eric Jon Schmidt, a retired fitness trainer with 136.

Horvath and Meister are finishing their first four-year terms on the council. Horvath was appointed to a council seat in 2009 and served for two years.

D’Amico was elected to his third term on the council.

Voters also approved two ballot measures.

Measure B, which was a general plan amendment approving the Arts Club Project at 8920 Sunset Blvd., received 61 percent of the vote to pass.

Measure Y, which establishes a 7.5 percent cannabis business tax in the city, was approved by 76.2 percent of the voters.

The City Council is expected to certify official election results at the April 1 City Council meeting.