Congressional District 44 has a new congresswoman

The Compton Herald endorses Nanette Barragan for Congress. Photo: Nanette Barragan

The Compton Herald endorses Nanette Barragan for Congress. Photo: Nanette Barragan

Congratulations Nanette Barragan.  In a hotly contested race, which pitted the political newcomer with long time elected Sen. Isadore Hall, Barragan has bested Hall by nearly 7,000 votes.  

Related:  Isadore Hall CAN complain

United States Representative, 44th District
Nanette Diaz Barragán  51.95%  84,266
Isadore Hall, III  48.05%   77,937

358 of 358 precincts reporting (100.0%)
Voter Nominated
Speculation is growing on social media as to what is next for Sen. Hall, who will vacate his current post this January.  Many wonder if he will return back to Compton in the capacity of either an assistant city manager or its mayor.
Many believe his loyalty to Mayor Aja Brown will thwart those efforts, although he has the capacity to raise money to challenge her.  In regards to being city manager, this author has yet to ascertain what Sen. Hall was doing prior to being elected to the Compton school board in 2001.  Comptonites can’t tell you either.
The city’s local newspaper, the Compton Herald, didn’t endorse Hall for Congress and most likely wouldn’t endorse for mayor either.
Is this the end of Sen. Isadore Hall’s political career?


2 Responses so far.

  1. Gary Daniels says:

    The local voters rejected Isadore Hall as their representative for the seat of US Representative for the 44th District. Compton voters did the same and did so soundly! One can only speculate had Mr. Hall paid attention to the unheard and unmet needs of Compton’s residents he could have easily garnered the more than 7,000 votes needed to put him over the top. It takes more than a turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

    Voters rejected the notion that other sitting politicians would dictate who should be their leader through their endorsements. Sound familiar? It should be a wake-up call to Compton’s elected officials that they are not immune to being voted out of office. There seems to be an inherited assumption that once elected to an office it’s for life or they can play musical chairs and move up and down the political chain.

    I am quite sure 2urbangirls is hearing the same rattling noise as others when it comes to the musings of Mr. Hall possibly being appointed as either City Manager or Assistant City Manager for the city of Compton. But what makes him qualified? As my late mentor, Attorney Frank Bazadier would remind me so often, there are politicians we must remove from the public water barrel.

    There is a disturbing aspect to all of this and should serve as a warning to those politicians who double-deal and double-speak to Compton’s voters. I browsed a website that lists all of the votes taken by California’s state legislators. I was shocked and dismayed to find that many of our Black elected officials were saying one thing to the constituents but voting differently.

    Nanette Diaz Barragán realized it when it came to the issue of “payday” loans and the astronomical rates charged to the most vulnerable. This issue hit home with Compton’s voters, along with other bread and butter issues.

    With a mantra of “Let’s Keep Them Honest,” I would hope 2urbangirls could include a column that would detail crucial legislation and how our elected officials voted on them.

    I am sure Mr. Hall will land on his feet, especially if he is truly about the people’s business.

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