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UPDATE: Prang to Hold Re-Election Event, Martin to Enter Council Race

Weho Mayor Jeffrey Prang will Sunday announce his intentions to run for re-election, and community activists Steve Martin and Sam Borelli have also announced that they will run for West Hollywood City Council in March.

West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang will kick off his re-election campaign with a fundraising event on Sunday.

Sunday's event will be held in Los Angeles, and will feature special guest Sheriff Lee Baca.

Honorary hosts for Sunday's event include Congressman Adam Schiff, Assemblymember Mike Feuer, LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz, and current members of West Hollywood City Council.

  • Those wishing to attend Mayor Prang's election event can click here

The upcoming weeks will play host to a number of election events, as West Hollywood community activists Steve Martin and Sam Borelli both recently announced their intentions to run for city office in March of 2013.

Martin formerly served on the council from 1994 to 2003, but was defeated by current councilmember Abbe Land, who previously held city office from 1986 to 1997.

"We really need to restore a sense of inclusion at City Hall," Martin said. "West Hollywood is more than a collection of fashionable hotels, nightclubs and high end retail. West Hollywood is a community of people, many who feel pressed by encroaching development, loss of rental housing, rising crime rates and an unresponsive City government."

In a recent statement, Martin criticized the current city council of being too concerned with the city's branding.

"We need a vision that includes all the residents of West Hollywood, not just those who will be able to afford luxury condos," Martin said. "We need leaders who are more concerned about preserving the quality of life in our neighborhoods than with gimickly 'branding' ideas. After all, we are not just a destination point but a community of people who create the wonderful dynamic that makes this city so unique."

Borelli is currently a member of the Weho Public Safety Commission and co-founded the LA LGBT Youth Advocates Coalition.

Borelli will hold his campaign annoucement event at Kitchen 24, located at 8575 Santa Monica Boulevard, on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Martin will make his formal announcement on the same day, at 6 p.m. at the Beverly, located at 8713 Beverly Boulevard.

Most recently, Martin served as a vocal member of the Weho Term Limits Group, which successfully collected enough signatures to place a measure on the March ballot regarding placing term limits for city council.

Currently, councilmembers John Heilman and Abbe Land have served for 27 and 20 years, respectively. Mayor Prang and Councilman John Duran have served for 15 and 11 years, respectively. 

Both Prang and Duran are up for re-election.

The deadline for filing nomination papers is Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. 

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Bernard November 11, 2012 at 02:29 AM
For more info on Sam's campaign visit samborelli.com.
Riley November 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM
For Steve Martin's event check this out. http://www.facebook.com/events/487007141329663/?fref=ts
R. Daniels November 13, 2012 at 03:58 AM
West Hollywood City Council has zero diversity. Why not an Independent or a Republican? Why not a Russian speaker? Why no young people?
Riley November 13, 2012 at 07:04 PM
@R.Daniels - You are so right and you could add a host of others who are under-represented: Women, seniors, straight people, families, hispanics etc.
George January 05, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Who knows what will happen in March? I would prefer to see Heilman get the boot but he's not up for re-election. I believe Jeffrey Prang has over stayed his use and should move on for his own sake. He has this position to put on his resume for his next opportunity. For West Hollywood, we need different people who care and listen to the citizens who live and those who have lived here for many years. The branding has become more important then the people ie Plummer Park fiasco.

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