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Inglewood mayor’s race tops Nov. 6 ballot

Wave Staff Report

For local voters, there isn’t much intrigue regarding local races on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Most incumbents are solidly entrenched in their positions and their opponents can’t compete with the campaign spending and name recognition that provide incumbents with advantages that are hard to overcome.

Perhaps the closest race will be the Inglewood mayor’s race, where incumbent James Butts is facing four challengers in his bid for a third four-year term.

Butts’ biggest foe is Marc Little, a local pastor and businessman with ties to Faithful Central Bible Church and the Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Little also has received financial assistance from Madison Square Gardens, the owner of the Forum, which is angry at Butts for negotiating with the Los Angeles Clippers for a new basketball arena barely a stone’s throw from the Forum.

Marc Little

The other candidates for mayor are retired nurse Mohamed Ben Amor, self-proclaimed entrepreneur Brandon Myers and business owner Joseph Soto.

Also on the ballot are state constitutional officers, members of Congress and the state Legislature. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The county also is offering early voting opportunities at 10 locations throughout the county Nov. 3 and 4.

California has a traditional Democrat versus Republican battle in the race for governor this year after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox were the top two vote-getters in the California Primary June 5.

It will be an all-Democrat battle for the U.S. Senate, with incumbent Dianne Feinstein facing state Sen. Kevin de Leon, who represents a district that covers most of East Los Angeles.

Feinstein, who has served in the Senate since 1992, received 43.8 percent of the vote in the June primary while de Leon received 11.3 percent of the vote.

In local legislative races, Democratic incumbent Karen Bass will face Republican Ron Bassilian, an email administrator from Los Angeles, in the 37th Congressional District. The district includes Culver City, Inglewood, South L.A. and parts of West L.A.

In the 43rd Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Maxine Waters will face Republican Omar Navarro, a small business owner from Torrance. Navarro has received national support from the Republican Party trying to unseat Waters, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.

The district includes South Los Angeles, Inglewood, Gardena and Hawthorne.

Democratic incumbent Nanette Barragan will face Compton Mayor Aja Brown in November in the 44th Congressional District, even though Brown announced earlier in March she was withdrawing from the race because she is expecting her first child. Brown finished second in the June primary so she remains on the ballot. The district includes Compton, Watts and part of South Los Angeles.

In the 54th Assembly District, Democratic incumbent Sydney Kamlager-Dove is facing another Democrat, Tepring Piquado, an educator and scientist from Los Angeles.

In the 59th Assembly District, incumbent Reggie Jones-Sawyer will face Leslie Hagan-Morgan, a Democrat and a community leader from Hawthorne. The district includes most of South Los Angeles.

In the 62nd Assembly District, Democratic incumbent Autumn Burke will face Republican Al Hernandez, a coach, broker and entrepreneur from Los Angeles.

In the 30th state Senate District, which includes Culver City and South Los Angeles, Democratic incumbent Holly Mitchell is unopposed. So is Assemblyman Mike Gipson in the 64th Assembly District, which includes Compton and Carson.

In a countywide race, Sheriff Jim McDonnell is involved in a runoff against sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva.

There are three Los Angeles city ballot measures on the ballot.

Measure E would align future city elections with state elections instead of the March primary and May general elections the city currently conducts.

Measure EE would do the same thing for the Los Angeles Unified School District elections.

Measure B would approve a study on whether the city should establish a municipal bank. If the study is approved, a future election could be held that would allow the formation of a municipal bank.

There are also 12 state propositions on the ballot.