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    Early Numbers Show Challengers Sepi Shyne and John Erickson Leading in West Hollywood City Council Race

    Early vote count shows challengers Sepi Shyne and John Erickson leading in the race for two open city council seats in the West Hollywood Municipal election.

    The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office posted results, as of November 4, 2020, 2:07:23 a.m., show Shyne in the lead with 6,738 votes, 23.49% of the votes, followed by Erickson, with 6,228, 21.72% of votes counted so far.

    Incumbent John Heilman, is coming in third with 5,333 votes, 18.59%. Challenger Larry Block is fourth with 2,898, 10.10%. Incumbent John Duran is in fifth place with 2,812, 9.80%.

    The order of ranking has been consistent throughout Election Night with Naomi Torres in sixth place, followed, by Mark Farhad Yusupov, Marco Colantonio, Jerome Cleary, Tom Demille and Christopher McDonald.

    Larry Block has already resigned to a Shyne and Erickson win. “Looks like a momentous night,” he posted on his Facebook page as votes were still counted. “Congrats Sepi Shyne and John Erickson.”

    Duran also went on his Facebook page to acknowledge that he likely did not win this time around. “It appears that both John Heilman and I are not going to be re elected to Weho Council,” he wrote on his timeline. “At this point, only the absentee ballots are in. Still waiting for day of the election ballots to be counted and reported this afternoon.
    But it looks likely that the voters wanted change and fresh faces at city hall. If this is the case, we all need to support the new council members because they will have a heavy lift immediately in dealing with a public health emergency and West Hollywood economic collapse. I will wish them well and will offer to help anyway that I can. But still have to wait for the votes to be counted later today. There are thousands of uncounted ballots still.”

    Shyne is not declaring victory just yet, but she is pleased with the numbers thus far. “I want to thank all of our supporters for all you have done for our people powered campaign,” she wrote on her Instagram account. “The early numbers look great and we are still waiting for more results from the County Registrar. As soon as we have more numbers in the coming days, we will make a statement. Much love and gratitude to you all! 💗”

    Early numbers also project that Measure E will pass. If it passes, Measure E will enact a ¾ cent local sales tax to address the COVID-19 shortfall, and maintain the services West Hollywood residents.

    The General Municipal Election for the City of West Hollywood is consolidated: election results and counting of ballots is being conducted by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office.

    Below is information as it relates to election results and ballot-counting for the General Municipal Election:

    • There is a Live Feed of ballot processing on the County Registrar’s website:  https://lavote.net/home/voting-elections/current-elections/live-feed
    • The first reporting of the unofficial results will be posted in real time on the County Registrar’s website (https://lavote.net/home/voting-elections/current-elections/election-results/live-results) and the City of West Hollywood has provided a link to a graphic version of this this page (https://results.lavote.net/#year=2020&election=4193) at the top of the City’s Elections webpage (www.weho.org/elections ).
    • The first results provided by the County will be from Vote-by-Mail ballots that were received before Election Day; then those will be followed by the ballots that were voted at the Vote Centers. Vote Centers will close at 8 p.m. tonight; the first posting of preliminary results is targeted for approximately 8:30 p.m. and will consist entirely of Vote-by-Mail ballots. The next posting of preliminary results is targeted for 9 p.m. and will consist of the same Vote-by-Mail ballots plus the first Vote Center/in-person ballots from the early voting period. After that, the County will be posting results of election day Vote Center/in-person ballots throughout the night and into the early morning hours.
    • AFTER ELECTION DAY, the County Registrar-Recorder has developed a schedule by which it will be providing updated election results as ballots are counted.
      As a reminder, Vote-by-Mail Ballots that were postmarked on or before November 3 will be processed and counted if they are received by the County Registrar by November. Results will continue to be updated according to the schedule and will be posted on the results page indicated above.
    • Please see the following Post-Election Canvass Tally Update Schedule:  https://lavote.net/docs/rrcc/election-info/11032020_canvass-update-schedule.pdf?
    • The County Registrar has 30 days to complete the count and provide the City of West Hollywood with the Official Results. The City Council of the City of West Hollywood will then Certify the Election Results at its December 7, 2020 City Council Meeting. An agenda to that Council meeting will be posted at www.weho.org/councilagendas.
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    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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