Chelsea Byers has surged to third place in a closely contested West Hollywood City Council election, following Los Angeles County’s Nov. 16 ballot total update. After the initial release of votes on Nov. 8, former Councilman John Duran was in third place, with a slim lead over fellow candidates Robert Oliver, Byers and Zekiah Wright. Among the same four candidates, the order has shifted to Byers, Wright, Duran and Oliver, respectively. Only 89 votes separate third place Byers and sixth place Oliver.
There are three openings on the City Council, with Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath and Councilman John D’Amico set to vacate their seats in December. Mayor Lauren Meister appears to have a safe lead in her reelection campaign, with 5,275 votes tallied in her favor so far. Former Councilman John Heilman, meanwhile, has captured 3,415 votes for second place, which is 176 votes ahead of Byers’ 3,239.
“Thanks to all my fellow residents who came out and performed their sacred duty as citizens – voting,” Meister said. “I am truly touched to get so many votes – over 5,000 as of Nov. 15. The residents of West Hollywood sent a strong yet simple message in our election: they want a City Council that serves them, not outside interest groups. They want us to focus on local issues – public safety, homelessness, protecting our rent-stabilized housing, preserving our unique neighborhoods and helping our small business community to thrive.”
Duran had appeared to declare victory after the first vote tallies placed him in third place. On Nov. 15, however, he emphasized how important it is to wait for the final totals.
“Four of us are bunched together at the 10 percentile,” Duran said. “We are going to have to wait until all the votes are counted.” “Each vote and every voice in this city matters, and there are still many ballots to be counted,” Oliver said. “Preliminary results remain close and fluid. We remain hopeful for a positive outcome.”
Heilman, Byers and Wright did not respond to a request for comment.
In the race for Los Angeles County supervisor, 3rd District, Horvath has taken a significant lead, with 51.82% to State Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s (D-San Fernando Valley) 48.18%. As of Nov. 16, the vote totals stood at 212,271 to 197,321, respectively.
After the initial votes were reported on election day, Hertzberg held a slim lead over Horvath. As additional ballots have been counted in the week since, however, Horvath has pulled ahead.
“I am so incredibly proud of our people-powered campaign to bring much needed change and equity to Los Angeles County,” Horvath said. “As we saw in the primary, there are still a lot of votes left to be counted. We are optimistic we will prevail when the final results are certified. No matter what happens, I am confident our diverse coalition of supporters will continue to fight for our shared vision – an affordable, high quality of life; an end to the homelessness crisis through compassion, services and support to humanely and permanently help people get off the streets; a sustainable, clean energy future; full reproductive freedom; safe neighborhoods and access to community supports; and true justice through systems that serve the people, not special interests. There are many opportunities ahead of us to build a better L.A. County. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”
Hertzberg did not respond to a request for comment.
The race for the two open seats on the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education remains the same, with incumbent board member Rachelle Marcus and real estate attorney Judy Manouchehri in first and second place, respectively.
As of Nov. 16, Marcus had 32.39% (4,475 votes) and Manouchehri had 28.73% (3,970 votes). Former OB-GYN and USC Keck School of Medicine Instructor Dr. Michal Salkin had 17.53% (2,422 votes), Beverly Hills Education Foundation president Farrah Dodes had 17.2% (2,376) and applied behavioral analysis tutor Janessa LaVoice had 4.15% (574 votes).
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