Former West Hollywood councilman and mayor Steve Martin kicked off his campaign in the race for West Hollywood City Council in the upcoming general municipal election, which will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. West Hollywood Mayor , Lauren Meister, and South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti showed up to support Martin’s election at the fundraising brunch held at Micky’s last Sunday. Mayor Meister is also eligible for re-election and has organized his own citywide fundraising efforts.
“There is a lot of excitement about this Council race and we look forward to hearing people’s concerns,” Martin said in a statement. “I find myself in a unique position
in this race. In the last election, voters outright rejected two longtime incumbents, who are back in the running. They are confronted with a list of young people and
less experienced candidates supported by some of the current incumbents.
Martin says he’s a candidate who falls somewhere in the middle in that he’s a proven progressive, but he doesn’t see himself tied to the town hall culture of the past and present. “I am in a position to bring common sense and inclusiveness back to town hall,” he said. “The vote to defund the sheriff and ‘reinvent the police'” has become an incredibly contentious issue. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such alienated, angry locals
and frustrated with the town hall.
He acknowledged pressing issues in West Hollywood like crime, homelessness and housing affordability and accessibility, but he said what’s more important right now is what he calls complete credibility at City Hall and that the community feels alienated and neglected and not part of the process. He said he wanted to be a consensus builder and he was going to fight for the things he believes in and the things residents say they believe in.
“We have our challenges,” he said at the fundraiser. “We need to restore law enforcement. We need to repeal the cuts to the sheriff’s department. We need to figure out how to make the Block by Block expansion actually work. We’ve allocated a lot of money to mental health awareness and we need to make sure it works and we’re not throwing money away. We are a very wealthy community. We didn’t need to take out the sheriff’s department. We could have had it all.”
Three city council seats will be decided in the next general municipal election. Members of the West Hollywood City Council each serve for a four-year term and are elected at-large. Each year, members of the city council select one of their members to serve as mayor for one year, with the term commencing after the reorganization of the city council, which takes place once a year.
The nomination period to apply for the City Council candidacy began on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 8 a.m. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, August 12, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. per the state election code.
The City Council candidate nomination process requires a potential candidate to collect between 20 and 30 signatures from registered voters in West Hollywood. Prospective candidates must be at least 18 years old, reside in West Hollywood, and be registered voters in the city.