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John D’Amico, recently elected to West Hollywood’s City Council, made history by winning the first seat in the race. D’Amico writes this exclusive editorial for dot429 explaining his “campaign of attraction” strategy.

West Hollywood City Councilmember Elect John D'Amico chats with residents.

(Johh D’Amico for DOT429) – West Hollywood held its biannual election this March. Up for election in this cycle were two long-serving incumbents (John Heilman – 26 years and Abbe Land 18 years) and an appointed incumbent (Lindsey Horvath 1.5 years). In all but one of the past elections since the city’s founding in 1984, the incumbents have won handily, taking turns rotating through the Mayor’s seat on a one-year term basis. This year, however, would be different.

Many of us in West Hollywood (and across the country) believe this month’s election was a game changer, about much more than the 1.9 square miles of land surrounded by the cities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. For us, this election was about how West Hollywood as a “transformational space” continues to play a role in the lives of people who invite openness, honesty and…

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  1. Alison says:

    In the article he says he knocked on every door with an address…BULL! Never saw him in my neighborhood on the east side..and I’m home 90% of the time.

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  2. Shawn says:

    Alison, for what it’s worth he didn’t knock on my door either. But I sure got a lot of annoying calls from both his auto-dialers (I thought those were illegal?) and his campaign poll people… enough that I almost changed my mind to not vote for him.

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