Brown to face Bradley in Compton runoff

COMPTON — Mayor Aja Brown and former Mayor Omar Bradley will face each other again in a runoff election June 6 just like they did four years ago.

Brown and Bradley were the top two vote getters April 18 in the city’s municipal election that also resulted in runoffs for the city treasurer’s seat and the District 3 seat on the City Council.

Issac Galvan was re-elected in the City Council District 2 seat and City Attorney Craig Cornwell and City Clerk Alita Godwin also were re-elected by voters.

In unofficial vote tallies, Brown received 47 percent of the vote in the mayor’s race, followed by Bradley, who received 29 percent of the vote.

Four years ago in the runoff election, Brown received 63.5 percent of the vote to easily defeat Bradley.

Former Mayor
Omar Bradley

Bradley said this year’s results would be different.

“I’m getting ready to run her back to Pasadena where she belongs,” he told the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Originally from Pasadena, Brown has lived in Compton for almost 10 years.

She released a statement, thanking her supporters.

“To every single person who picked up a phone and called someone on our behalf, knocked on doors, hung signs, helped out in the campaign office, liked, shared and retweeted news about our campaign – thank you.”

In Council District 3, incumbent Tana McCoy will face Carlos Tomas in the June 6 runoff. McCoy received 39.6 percent of the vote to Tomas’ 26.4 percent, but less than 200 votes separated them.

City Treasurer Doug Sanders received 46.1 percent of the vote. He will face Jasper Jackson, who received 32.8 percent of the vote, in the runoff.

Jackson took advantage of the arrest of former Deputy Treasurer Salvador Galvan on embezzlement charges last month during the campaign to raise doubts about Sanders. Galvan is accused of stealing more than $3.7 million in city funds from March 2010 to December 2016.

In Council District 2, Isaac Galvan (no relation to Salvador) received 58.7 percent of the vote to easily defeat three challengers.

In the city attorney’s race, Cornwell received more than 65 percent of the vote to defeat Marcus Musante.

In the clerk’s race, Godwin held off a strong challenge by school board member Satra Zurita. Godwin finished with 53.7 percent of the vote.

James Hays finished third in the mayor’s race with about 9 percent of the vote, followed by Bryan Parker, Lynn Rodgers Boone and Ernest “Scooby” Green.

Bradley served two terms as mayor from 1993 to 2001. He was defeated by Eric Perrodin in the 2001 re-election.

After leaving office, he was convicted of misusing public funds while mayor and served time in jail. That conviction was subsequently overturned and Bradley is awaiting a retrial on two charges.

He calls the retrial “a political prosecution.”

 

 

Five challenge Brown in Compton mayor’s race

COMPTON — Four years ago, Aja Brown was a virtual unknown when she unseated three-term Mayor Eric Perrodin.

Brown outpolled Perrodin in the primary election and then knocked off two-time former Mayor Omar Bradley in the general election.

After four years of leading the city, Brown is seeking re-election in the April 18 primary election and facing five challengers, including Bradley.

Also on the ballot are Lynne Rodgers Boone, Bryan O. Parker, James Hays and Ernest “Scooby” Green.

Among the issues concerning the mayoral candidates, repairing city streets seems to be the biggest public concern, as well as the recent arrest of the former deputy city treasurer on embezzlement charges,

Brown says she has reduced the city’s deficit, which was $42 million when she took over four years ago. She also says she has repaved 90 streets and repaired 20,000 potholes.

But the three challengers who issued statements to the city’s voting pamphlets all indicated that fixing streets was among their top priorities.

Bradley, who lost to Brown by 2,000 votes in the general election four years ago, claims he isn’t the same person he was when he served as mayor from 1993 to 2001. Then, Bradley was known as the gangsta mayor.

After spending time in jail for misuse of public funds (he was charged and convicted after leaving office and is awaiting retrial after having the conviction overturned on appeal), Bradley wants to repair streets, fill potholes, trim trees, repair sidewalks, reduce crime and improve city services.

Hays is a local businessman who grew up in the city and serves on the city Planning Commission and is a former president of the Rotary Club. He wants to create jobs and bring new businesses to the city.

Green is another local businessman who grew up in the city. He wants to unify the city and “eliminate the stigmas and exaggerations” that have held the city back for decades.

“Wrong has already had its turn,” he said in his ballot statement.

Boone and Parker did not issue ballot statements,

In addition to the mayor’s office, there are two City Council seats up for re-election as well as the city attorney, city clerk and city treasurer offices.

In City Council District 2, incumbent Isaac Galvan is being challenged by Bill Ivey, Al Hamade and Jacqueline Venters.

In City Council District 3, incumbent Tana McCoy is being challenged by Chris Petit, Robert Ray, Tomas Carlos and Joyce Kelly.

Incumbent City Attorney Craig Cornwell is being challenged by Marcus Musante, City Clerk Alita Godwin is being challenged by school board President Satra Zurita and City Treasurer Douglas Sanders is being challenged by Jasper “Jay” Jackson and Jenise A. Davis.

Jackson has been especially vocal about the arrest of Salvador Galvan last month. The former deputy treasurer is accused of embezzling $3.7 million from the city from May 2010 through last December.

All candidates must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid the runoff election June 6.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Compton Mayor Brown draws five challengers for April election

COMPTON —The field of candidates vying for elected office in the city is expansive, including five candidates hoping to unseat Mayor Aja Brown, who made history in 2013 when she became Compton’s youngest mayor.

Brown won that election, defeating both incumbent Mayor Eric J. Perrodin and former Mayor Omar Bradley. Bradley will appear on the ballot along with Lynne Rodgers Boone, Bryan O. Parker, James Hays and Ernest “Scooby” Green, when the city’s primary election is held April 18.

The two candidates receiving the most votes for mayor will face off in the general election June 6. Voters may cast their ballot for one mayoral candidate only.

Ann Crigler, professor of political science at USC, explained that off-year elections historically see less voter participation and that primary elections sometimes determine the general election results.

It’s anyone’s guess, however, what the outcome will be in Compton.

“Off-year elections generally don’t get as much attention and tend to attract less interest,” Crigler said. “In this case, you have forces going both ways. Some voters are tired of the election process and, then with Trump being elected, people are starting to be concerned. They don’t want to be in a country or place that advocates the kinds of things that Trump is advocating. Voter registrations are up.”

Crigler noted that after only one term in office, Brown had several challengers for re-election.

“I can’t tell you what the outcome of the election will be, but I think it’s a good sign that so many people want to be involved in the political process,” she said.

There will not be any ballot measures on the April 18 ballot.

In addition to the mayor’s office, there are two City Council seats up for re-election as well as the city attorney, city clerk and city treasurer offices.

In City Council District 2, incumbent Isaac Galvan is being challenged by Bill Ivey, Al Hamade and Jacqueline Venters.

In City Council District 3, incumbent Tana McCoy is being challenged by Chris Petit, Robert Ray, Tomas Carlos and Joyce Kelly.

Incumbent City Attorney Craig Cornwell is being challenged by Marcus Musante, City Clerk Alita Godwin is being challenged by school board President Satra Zurita and City Treasurer Douglas Sanders is being challenged by Jasper “Jay” Jackson and Jenise A. Davis.

Voters may find a sample ballot on the city’s website, which includes background information on each candidate and their plans for the office if elected.

As of November 2016, there were 43,643 registered voters in the city of Compton, according to the Countty Registrar’s office.

The last day to register to vote for the primary election is April 3. Voters may request vote-by-mail applications from March 20 to April 11.