Beverly Hills Planning Commissioner Farshid Joe Shooshani will not seek a City Council seat in the March 2020 election, though he expects to run for the council in 2022.
Shooshani, 61, said when he announced his campaign in September, he thought he’d be running for an open seat, not against the incumbent Councilman Julian Gold and Councilwoman Lili Bosse. Shooshani said if he knew then that the council members were going to run, he would have held off on announcing his candidacy.
“[Bosse] is a great lady. She does quite a bit for the city, and … it’s crazy to run against a popular person. Same thing with [Gold], he’s the nicest guy, and I like the changes that he’s doing,” Shooshani said.
Bosse and Gold said they put much thought into their decisions to run for reelection. Gold said he decided to run again in August, and his re-election campaign was announced a few days before Shooshani announced his candidacy. Bosse said her “target decision day” was Labor Day, and she announced her reelection campaign shortly thereafter. Bosse and Gold were similarly complimentary of Shooshani and his decision to bow out of the race.
“I have the utmost respect for Planning Commissioner Joe Shooshani and his decision to withdraw his candidacy for the City Council, and I am so grateful for his kind comments about me and my council colleagues and the work we are doing on behalf of the city,” Bosse said in an email.
Gold said seeking a City Council seat is a big commitment that impacts not only the candidate, but those around them as well.
“I appreciate Mr. Shooshani’s support of my work on the City Council and I thank him. As I said, running and serving is a very personal decision with significant impacts on us and on our families. I know it could not have been an easy decision, and I respect Mr. Shooshani for making the tough call and withdrawing from the campaign,” Gold said in an email.
Shooshani previously ran for council 23 years ago and served for six years as a Public Works Commissioner before he was appointed to the Planning Commission by Bosse in 2014. He said he’ll finish his tenure on the commission next year, and he plans to run again for City Council in 2022, when three seats will be open. Shooshani said he hopes at least one of the incumbents will decide against running for another term in 2022.
“I can wait two more years for there to be an open seat and try again,” Shooshani said.
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