WEST HOLLYWOOD- The City of West Hollywood will host a virtual Oath of Office ceremony during the City’s annual City Council Reorganization and Installation meeting on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be live-streamed on the City website at www.weho.org/wehotv and at www.youtube.com/wehotv as Lindsey P. Horvath is sworn in as the City’s new Mayor and John Heilman as sworn in as the new Mayor Pro Tempore.
Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath was elected to the West Hollywood City Council on March 3, 2015. She previously served as a West Hollywood Councilmember for two years from 2009 to 2011. Mayor Horvath also created the first-ever West Hollywood Community Response Team to Domestic Violence.
Mayor Horvath is widely known for her leadership on women’s issues and has served as a Global Coordinator for One Billion Rising, a global campaign of the V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls. She previously served as a Board member of the Victory Fund and a founding Board member of the NOH8 Campaign. In 2009, she represented the City of West Hollywood in the National Equality March in Washington DC. This year, Mayor Horvath will also serve as the President of the California Contract Cities Association, and as the President of the National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government constituency group.
Mayor Pro Tempore John Heilman was elected to the City’s first City Council in November 1984. Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman was chosen as the City’s second Mayor in 1985. He also served as Mayor in 1990, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2006, and 2010. He was most recently reelected to the City Council in March 2017 and chosen as Mayor in May 2017. Since his earliest days on the City Council, one of Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman’s strongest concerns has been affordable housing.
Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman was instrumental in the establishment of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, a City-funded organization which develops affordable housing in West Hollywood. He also helped develop the City’s landmark Rent Stabilization Ordinance and inclusionary housing policy.
Mayor Horvath’s Oath of Office will be administered by Academy Award winning actress, Jane Fonda. Fonda is also known as political activist and former fashion model. She is the recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, and the Honorary Golden Lion.
Mayor Pro Tempore Heilman’s Oath of Office will be administered by West Hollywood City Clerk Yvonne Quarker. Music artist Chely Wright will perform the national anthem followed by video presentations from former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and V., formerly known as Eve Ensler. Buttigieg is an American politician and Afghanistan War veteran. He served as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from 2012 to 2020 and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election.
The regularly scheduled City Council meeting will follow the installation, and a live DJ set by DJ Asha will conclude the evening. DJ Asha is reputable for ‘spinning’ records in music genres such as Top 40, Party Anthems, Hip Hop, EDM, Old School, Reggae, and RnB.