Zekiah Wright joins race for WeHo City Council


Lawyer and rights activist Zekiah Wright has filed papers to run within the 2022 West Hollywood Metropolis Council election.

Wright, who makes use of they/them pronouns, joins a colourful area of incumbents, newcomers and former councilmembers vying for 2 seats on the council — the primary being vacated by retiring Councilmember John D’Amico and the opposite being defended by Mayor Lauren Meister.

Wright declined to be interviewed for this text, however they posted the next assertion on their LinkedIn web page:

“I made a decision to run as a result of I wish to assist usher in a brighter future in West Hollywood,” they mentioned.” I consider in community-based management. I listened to complaints, wants, and options from fellow group members, small enterprise house owners (and staff), and different stakeholders. I spotted that I can provide recent views to present points, together with public security, housing, and homelessness in Our Metropolis. I can contribute artistic new concepts to the Council.

Wright is a co-chairperson of town’s Lesbian and Homosexual Advisory Board.

“I embody representational management. As a Black, nonbinary, queer particular person, I characterize residents, guests, and different stakeholders that haven’t had a voice on Metropolis Council. I’m completely different from different candidates as a result of my marketing campaign is centered on listening to all group voices. I consider in constructing on the nice work that has already been performed in Our Metropolis and pondering outdoors the field to handle the dire points going through our Metropolis. It is going to take all of us working collectively, however I consider we are able to usher in a brighter future for West Hollywood.”

There are presently no Black members of WeHo’s Metropolis Council. Wright informed WEHOville in an interview final September that growing illustration was a central purpose they volunteered for LGAB.

“I feel I used to be actually fascinated about seeing extra individuals of colour represented within the metropolis, concerning companies, on the boards and commissions, and simply our pursuits being thought-about extra. I do know me and my buddies, we might at all times come to West Hollywood however we didn’t see a variety of us represented in possession and even a variety of the patronage, relying on what bar you’re at. So I used to be like, ‘We’re right here, we’re spending cash, some of us dwell right here, however I don’t assume there’s a particular curiosity in holding us right here, OR assembly the wants that now we have which are completely different from different different teams.’”


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