2UrbanGirls has learned the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office of Integrity is reviewing the nomination process for Inglewood elections to be held this coming November. Residents are alleging that proper notification wasn’t made to the public that incumbents Yvonne Horton and Ralph Franklin were not seeking re-election, which automatically extended the nomination filing period an additional five days until August 12. Residents weren’t publicly notified until August 11 that Horton wasn’t running.
D.A. spokesperson Greg Risling, confirmed that subsequent complaints have been filed with their office regarding candidate Aisha Thompson, who works alongside Horton.
Thompson is currently the city’s deputy clerk and pulled nomination papers on Friday, August 7, despite being in direct violation of the city’s Inglewood Municipal Code 2-48 and 2-50 stating city employees must first resign before beginning the process of collecting signatures.
Another area of concern is Thompson using city hall, for photo shoots, for her campaign materials.
Horton is fully aware of the city’s municipal code, governing elections, as she referenced it in July 2010, when an issue arose regarding the voter registration of then mayoral candidate James T. Butts.
Butts could not prove the date he filed his voter registration card declaring him an Inglewood resident. Horton gave Butts four opportunities to sign an affidavit, detailing the manner in which he submitted the paperwork to the Los Angeles County Registrar and Recorder’s office.
Horton was alerted to the issues surrounding Butts by one of his challengers. Citing the city’s municipal code, referring to residency requirements, she prepared a report discussing the discrepancy and thus declared him an ineligible candidate.
Horton has been alerted that the municipal code states Thompson is ineligible, under I.M.C. 2-48 and 2-50, and she would be bound to the same rule that Thompson is ineligible to be a candidate.
“If the I.M.C. spells out the rules of running for council, and you’re a current employee, then the rules don’t apply to Thompson,” said Treasurer Wanda Brown. “A former employee of the Traffic department told me several years ago he was planning to run for District 1 but was told he had to resign from the city. He was my good friends son, Johnny. They worked together.”
If you are tired of the corruption allegations and want a fair election process contact the City Attorney’s office at 310-412-5372 and ask them to declare Aisha Thompson ineligible per the city’s municipal code or you can email them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The District Attorney’s office found the complaint doesn’t equate to a criminal charge, and is a misdemeanor violation of the city’s municipal code, that is enforced under the office of Inglewood CIty Attorney Ken Campos.