"I urge everyone to vote for Heidi [Shink]," the music icon says
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Cher has never been one to shy away from speaking her mind.

The pop diva announced earlier this month that she is endorsing Heidi Shink, a former bandmate of her son Chaz Bono, for the West Hollywood City Council race.

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, the singer and actress says West Hollywood “has a very special place in [her] heart” because it was the birthplace of her career.

“Even more importantly, this city is where my son Chaz has chosen to live, where he feels accepted and safe,” she continues. “My most significant role in life is that of a mother and like any mom, I value my child’s happiness above all else.

“That’s why it is so crucial to me who is on the West Hollywood City Council and that’s why this June election is so vital. I urge everyone to vote for Heidi,” she says.

Cher, 68, hosted a fundraiser to support Shink’s campaign on April 18. In the statement, she speaks further about Shink’s qualifications.

“I’ve seen her early activism in the 1980s, admired her extensive advocacy work for numerous social justice causes in the ’90s and watched her develop into what she is now – a full-fledged public servant on a national, state and local level,” the “Believe” singer says.

Cher concludes her statement with, “I know the enormous integrity with which Heidi conducts her life firsthand, and it shows me how she will serve on Council. West Hollywood needs Heidi to take the City into its next great era.”

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