Boy Meets Boystown? With election results still trickling in, winning a seat on the West Hollywood City Council looks out of reach for Ben Savage, star of the hit ABC series Boy Meets World.
With roughly 44% of the vote reported as of Wednesday morning, Savage has garnered about 6%, good enough to finish in ninth place out of 12 candidates vying for three spots on the Council, according to the LA County Registrar-Recorder.
The top three vote-getters are current mayor Lauren Meister and former councilmembers John Heilman and John Duran.
According to his campaign website, Savage entered the race to bring West Hollywood together and has been living in the city for 18 years.
“The city is facing serious challenges around public safety, struggling businesses, inflation and the cost of housing. We need new leaders with a fresh perspective who are ready to begin tackling these issues,” Savage states.
Given his star power, his candidacy has generated a lot of interest and press, but he was the only candidate to not attend the WeHo for the People Candidate Forum back in August, reported WEHOville.
Savage isn’t a stranger to politics. As a Political Science major at Stanford University, he interned for Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter in Washington DC, according to an interview with Rolling Stone.
When asked in that interview if he would make a career in politics, Savage responded, “Acting and politics are almost too similar. I don’t know…You have to be a very specific breed to do that.”
Boy Meets World was a hit show and cornerstone of “TGIF,” ABC’s Friday night lineup geared to teens and young adults. Savage starred as Cory Matthews, the titular “Boy,” for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000, and reprised the role for the Disney Channel sequel Girl Meets World which ran from 2014 to 2017.
Savage is the younger brother of Fred Savage, star of another hit show The Wonder Years, which ran from 1988 to 1993. The older Savage brother is currently embroiled in controversy, as he has been removed as director and executive producer of a reboot of The Wonder Years following an investigation of his misconduct, reports USA Today.
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