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City of West HollywoodCandidate for City Council

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John Heilman

3,343 votes (25.87%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Completing the West Hollywood Park Phase II Plan
  • Implementing a Poverty Reduction initiative
  • Developing a plan to connect West Hollywood to the Wilshire Metro line



After receiving a bachelor of science degree from Northwestern University, Cleveland native John Heilman moved to Southern California to attend the University of Southern California Law School. He was an editor of the school’s Law Review and graduated in 1982. He currently teaches law at both Southwestern Law School and the University of Southern California Law School.

Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman was active in the incorporation of the City of West Hollywood. He was elected to the City’s first City Council in November 1984. Heilman was chosen as the City’s second Mayor in 1985. He also served as Mayor in 1990, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2006, and 2010. He was reelected to the City Council in June 2015.

Since his earliest days on the City Council, one of Heilman’s strongest concerns has been affordable housing. Heilman was instrumental in the establishment of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, a City-funded organization that develops affordable housing in West Hollywood. He also helped develop the City's landmark Rent Stabilization Ordinance and inclusionary housing policy.

Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman has been an active member of the National League of Cities. He has served on the board of both the National League of Cities and the California League of Cities. He is a past board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Local Government Commission. He is also the past president of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Local Officials Group and past co-chair of the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials.

Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman helped create the City’s recycling program and Senior Advisory Council. He founded the City’s Russian Advisory Board in an attempt to integrate the City’s Russian-speaking residents into the City’s decision making process. As a result of his leadership on the issue of AIDS, he received the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Award in 1990. Heilman also works closely with the City's business community, serving as the City Council's liaison to the West Hollywood Marketing and Visitors Bureau.

Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman wants West Hollywood to maintain its diversity along with its sense of community. The entire City Council, he says, is “committed to keeping this a diverse community that sets its own fate.”

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a lifelong Democrat, and I’m committed to the values of the Democratic Party. I believe in equality for women and girls. I support the rights of immigrants and have worked to serve the immigrant community in West Hollywood. I support the rights of working people and advocated for an increase in the minimum wage. I support equality for the LGBT community. I have been a strong advocate for social services and affordable housing.

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