My name is Zekiah Wright. I’m running for West Hollywood City Council to ensure our long-term sustainability as a city - economically, socially, and environmentally.
For nearly four decades, West Hollywood has distinguished itself as an eclectic, affirming and forward-thinking community. I’m running for City Council to continue that legacy while ensuring that our future is built on vision, smart investments and a commitment to implementing interest-based policies that help us meet our challenges and maximize our opportunities.
Housing affordability and renter protections must be addressed if we are to remain a diverse, multi-dimensional and livable city. We need policies and initiatives that address homelessness and affordable housing in ways that are strategic, sustainable and have benchmarks to measure success. Solving our problems and crafting equitable solutions takes the skills that I have cultivated throughout my life. My civic involvement in West Hollywood and my career as an employment lawyer have informed my perspective about the benefits of focusing on interests rather than positions. As a trained mediator, I understand how to educate rather than agitate and seek cooperation rather than conflict.
Navigating our way through the pandemic, as new public health challenges emerge, requires us to integrate public health and wellness into our municipal approach to community development, public safety, small/local business continuity, and environmental stewardship. To build back stronger, supporting and partnering with local businesses to jumpstart our economy is critical.
Having been appointed to the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board and Rent Stabilization Commission in West Hollywood, I have embraced the opportunity to lead and serve. I’m proud to be endorsed by West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne, SEIU-United Health Workers, and dozens of community leaders and elected officials. This election will be historic. When elected, I will be the first Black, non-binary LGBTQ member of the West Hollywood City Council.
As someone who overcame the prejudice of my southern upbringing, who was the first in my family to pursue an advanced degree and who has spent a lifetime advocating, educating and bringing people together to meet critical needs, I pledge to serve honorably, ethically and transparently. You deserve leaders who believe public service is a calling and will work in the community, with the community and for the community.
Thank you for your consideration — and your vote. It would be an honor to represent you. Let’s make West Hollywood a city that works for everyone.
To learn more: www.wright4weho.com
Zekiah N. Wright