Word on the Streets: Compton Unified Edition
A current Compton Unified School District (CUSD) board trustee is running for a second seat? Residents and voters in the Hub City are confused as to why a current trustee, who is not up for re-election, is running in the upcoming November election. Reached by phone, Trustee Charles Davis spoke with this blog about his candidacy.
Charles Davis is well-known throughout the city of Compton. He holds the distinction of being the longest-serving elected official in the city’s history, having served on city council, college and school board seats and has his picture painted in the vestibule of council chambers. He is equally known for his DGAF attitude of what people think of him.
Davis was elected in 2013 as CUSD trustee and is up for re-election in 2017. Davis acknowledged, “…should residents elect me in November I would support appointing someone to my seat although I have no particular person in mind at this time.”
Davis went on to further discuss his familiarity of many candidates who appear on the ballot, alongside him, but has concerns of some of the candidates intentions. There are approx. twenty candidates to choose from.
“This board has [collectively] come together to make advances in moving the district forward and I don’t want to see the progress undone.” said Davis.
When asked how running in this election cycle benefits him, Davis responded by referencing Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD).
“I am totally against charter schools as I see how they helped destroy IUSD.” says Davis. “Some of my colleagues and some candidates, want to increase the number of charter schools in Compton, so it benefits residents having board trustees who want to preserve what we have and not take it away.”
Will voters support this rationale of allowing the school board members to possibly select a board trustee, or should that power remain with voters?