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Zurita, Shariff face June 4 runoffs in Compton

COMPTON — Incumbent City Councilwomen Janna Zurita and Emma Sharif will face runoff elections June 4 after failing to get more than 50% of the vote April 16 in the city’s municipal election.

Zurita received 40.95% percent of the vote in District 1. She will face either Michelle Chambers or Jasper Jackson in the runoff June 4. Only 10 votes separated the two after unofficial vote counts were completed election night.

Chambers received 298 votes (21.15%), according to the unofficial count, and Jackson received 288 votes (20.44%).

Richard Alatorre, Ronald Green and Francisco Rodriguez also were on the ballot. Combined, they only accounted for 246 votes.

In District 4, Sharif received 31.16% of the vote, running second to Justin Blakely, who received 43.05% of the vote. Inez “Tootie” Adkins finished third with 25.79% of the vote.

Blakely had to go to court to get on the ballot after the city clerk’s office ruled he was ineligible to run. He won a court order in February that forced the city to place him on the ballot.

Chambers served as a field deputy to county Supervisor Janice Hahn when Hahn was in Congress and currently serves as a field deputy for Assemblyman Mike Gipson. Jackson has been active politically in Compton for years.

The county Registrar of Voters was not certain when final primary vote totals will be available. The first update will be available at the end of the day April 18.

Zurita is seeking her third term on the Compton City Council. Sharif is seeking her second.