West Hollywood Council Member Lindsey Horvath updated the bio on her website, lindseyhorvath.com, as she comes close to being in the runoff for the 3rd District Board of Supervisor’s race to replace Sheila Kuehl in November. It appears she may run against State Senator Bob Hertzberg who is currently in the lead with Horvath coming in second.
Some WEHO TIMES readers and West Hollywood residents are expressing feelings of betrayal because Horvath, their former Mayor, has completely removed the words “West Hollywood” from her bio and no longer describes herself as someone who “is widely known for her work advancing the rights of LGBTQ+ people.”
“A strange thing happened on the way to Election Day,” wrote journalist Scott Steepleton for theacorn.com. “Horvath’s campaign website makes scant mention of West Hollywood, and doesn’t specifically state anywhere that she is a council member there, let alone a two-time mayor.”
Steepleton says the switch may be a conscious effort by the Horvath campaign to attract some of the new conservative voters in the northern part of the 3rd District.
Not only does she no longer mention she’s a West Hollywood council member, or a two-time West Hollywood Mayor, but she also makes no reference to being a West Hollywood resident. New language now speaks of Los Angeles County and not West Hollywood: “When she’s not at the job, you can find her and Winston, her dog, frequenting the hidden gems of the Los Angeles County restaurant scene.”
WEHO TIMES readers are finding the removal of her LGBTQ+ affiliation odd. When she was West Hollywood Mayor, Horvath was known for never leaving home without some form of rainbow symbol on her person, be it a purse, pin, or mask. She now describes herself in her bio as someone whose “commitment to serving others was shaped by her family and faith… It was her church and mentors who inspired Lindsey to enter public service.”
A capture of her biography from the early days of her campaign in June 2021 — found via The Way Back Machine internet archive (www.web.archive.org) — reads in part, “West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath has a long history of civic and social justice advocacy. She is widely known for her work advancing the rights of women and LGBTQ+ people, as well as creating age-friendly, sustainable communities.
Mayor Horvath was elected to the West Hollywood City Council in 2015, and previously served from 2009 to 2011. Horvath serves as a leader of West Hollywood and a regional leader in a number of roles, including…”
Her new bio reads as follows:
“Lindsey Horvath is an effective local leader and small business owner who regularly delivers major victories for her constituents in Los Angeles County. She is ready to step up for the people who need it most as your next Los Angeles County Supervisor from the 3rd District. Lindsey’s commitment to serving others was shaped by her family and faith, growing up in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other.”
Read the rest below:
It’s unclear exactly when her biography was switched. WEHO TIMES reached out to Horvath for comment via Instagram messenger. She has not yet responded to our request for comment or clarification.