Heather Hutt Confirmed as Appointed Councilmember for 10th District

Heather Hutt was confirmed today in a 12-2 vote by the Los Angeles City Council to represent Los Angeles’ 10th Council District as the appointed member. The appointment was originally introduced by Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez and seconded by Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Kevin de León, Paul Koretz, and Mitch O’Farrell.

“Today we made history,” said Council President Martinez. “The Council confirmed the appointment of the first Black woman to represent the 10th District, a seat that was once held by Tom Bradley and a district that is central to Los Angeles’ story. I want to thank the dedicated residents of the 10th who came to Council, called, emailed, and sent letters demanding representation and telling me who you wanted to represent you. Heather is stepping up to serve the very community she grew up in and I have no doubt that she will make her community proud.”

Hutt has a long history with the district, her grandparents moved to Leimert Park in 1926. She raised her family and currently lives in the Baldwin Vista area. She will be the first woman to represent the 10th District and the first woman to represent South Los Angeles in a decade.

A long career of public service, Hutt previously served as the State Director for then-Senator Kamala Harris – the first Black State Director in California’s history – and as District Director for former State Senator Isadore Hall.

“I care deeply about this district, it is my home, and I cannot begin to describe how much I appreciate this opportunity to serve,” said Hutt. “Thank you to my neighbors throughout the district for supporting me. I will work hard. I will be diligent. I will be available. Nothing is too big and nothing is too small. As my prior bosses have told me, our jobs are for constituents. That's why we're here. And that's what we'll do - continue to serve."

According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, Hutt has been a longtime community advocate which has allowed her to develop strong relationships with civic leaders, non-profits, business owners and other elected officials on the local, state and federal government levels. In these positions she has been successful in building coalitions and working closely with groups in support of civil rights, economic equity and social justice.

Hutt would fill the temporarily vacant seat left by Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas, who 10 months into his new term was suspended from office in October by the Council after a 20-count indictment was filed in Los Angeles federal court for federal bribery and conspiracy charges stemming from his time serving on the County Board of Supervisors. Ridley-Thomas has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Hutt will serve as the appointee for as long as the temporary vacancy exists, unless Ridley-Thomas is acquitted or the charges against him are dismissed.

Hutt’s appointment comes from a groundswell of support from 10th District organizations including the Empowerment Congress West Area (ECWA) Neighborhood Development Council, Brotherhood Crusade, Crenshaw Manor Community Association, as well as support from community leaders and residents from throughout Council District 10.


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