Iranian-American in line to be Beverly Hills mayor

first_img“I’m very happy for Jimmy,” Webb said. “He’s been a friend of mine the past four years, so I have mixed feelings about today’s results. I’m sure he’ll do a fine job as mayor.” Beverly Hills mayors are not directly elected by voters. Rather, the five members of the City Council choose the mayor from among themselves to serve a one-year term. Delshad, first elected to the council in 2003, is next in line by seniority. BEVERLY HILLS – An Iranian-American claimed victory Friday in his run for re-election to the City Council, placing him in line to become the first Persian-born mayor of a community that for decades has been a hub for exiles of Iran’s 1979 revolution. “The mayor’s job in Beverly Hills is very important, very visible, and I think I’m up to it,” said Jimmy Delshad, 66, who received hugs from his wife and adult children when ballot tallies were announced. With the vote count still not official, Delshad had the second-highest number of votes, or 21.8 percent, which would give him one of the two at-large council seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s election. Councilman Steve Webb was third with 21 percent as of Friday evening and conceded. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Continue reading