Council Names Heather Hutt to Fill Ridley-Thomas Seat


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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The City Council Tuesday voted to appoint Heather Hutt as councilwoman for the 10th District to fill out the remainder of former Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas' term, following Ridley-Thomas' recent conviction on federal corruption charges.

Despite some vocal opposition at Tuesday's meeting by District 10 constituents, including local civil rights leaders, who wanted the city to call for an immediate special election, the council voted 11-1 to have Hutt fill the seat until December 2024, when the term expires.

Hutt had been District 10's temporary councilwoman until March 30, when Ridley-Thomas was convicted and the seat became officially vacant.

Subsequently, Council President Paul Krekorian announced his intention for Hutt to take over the job, and have the council vote on the matter Tuesday, in its first session back following a two-week recess. Hutt had officially been the seat's "caretaker" since March 30.

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