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WeHo Commissioner Announces Candidacy for City Council in Nov Election

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Sepi Shyne, a local attorney and Commissioner on the Business License Commission, is proud to announce she will run for a seat on West Hollywood’s City Council in the November 2020 general election. 

As part of her campaign, Sepi has pledged to refuse all campaign contributions from developers.

“I am running to serve West Hollywood residents and to put their needs first. I am not accepting a single penny from developers. I have the qualifications, passion and leadership skills to serve well,” said Shyne. “When we work together, we shine together.”

Shyne, 42 years old, was born in Iran. As a child, she and her family fled the country’s violent revolutionary war, immigrating to California in 1977. Sepi, her wife Ashlei and their four fur babies have lived in West Hollywood for over 10 years.

Shyne’s advocacy for the LGBTQ community began in college when she was the victim of a traumatic incident of homophobia, inspiring her to pursue a law degree alongside her passion for social justice and community activism. Shyne, a devoted and active Democrat, was a candidate in the city’s 2019 municipal elections, receiving more than 2300 votes despite her status as a first-time political candidate and her refusal to accept contributions from developers. 

If elected, she would be the first foreign-born immigrant, the second lesbian, and the first woman of color ever elected in West Hollywood.

As a renter and small business owner, Sepi’s goals include prioritizing renter’s rights and affordable housing over favors to large developers as well as creating a thriving small business environment.

“Join my team by volunteering and/or donating and become a pivotal partner of my progressive, people powered, history making campaign.” Shyne said. “Let’s work together to bring respect, community advocacy and fresh energy back to City Council.” 

The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, alongside the presidential election. For more info, visit sepishyne.com

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