Inglewood City Clerk Yvonne Horton will not be seeking re-election for a seat she has held for nearly two decades. The nomination period closed on August 3, 2020, with Inglewood election’s to be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Horton’s deputy, Aisha Thompson, has moved into the city and pulled papers to run for her bosses seat. Thompson previously worked for Yvonne’s husband Jerome and is a listed board member of the California Educational Solutions Corporation, which is the non-profit belonging to the Horton’s. Thompson has yet to be certified by the L.A. County Registrar’s office. DeAndre Warren has also filed to run for city clerk.
During the July 7, 2020 regular city council meeting Yvonne Horton made the following comment.
“I want to remind everybody that nomination period starts on Monday, July 13th, through August 7th from 9:30am to 5:30pm in order to obtain the packet AND return it,” said Horton.
City Hall was closed on Friday, August 7th and there was no public announcement from the city clerk’s office that you had until Monday, August 10th to return nomination packets as claimed by Thompson.
In fact, during the regular council meeting held on July 21, 2020, Thompson reiterated the nomination period closed on August 7th.
“Just a reminder that nomination period closes August 7th,” said Deputy City Clerk Aisha Thompson.
2UrbanGirls contacted the city clerk’s office August 10 and spoke to Thompson about the confusion of the last day to file papers.
“City Hall was closed on Friday, August 7th, but Mrs. Horton and I were here to take appointments for people who had to turn in papers,” said Thompson. “Because we were closed, Faulk and I had until Monday, August 10th, to turn in our packets.”
This directly goes against the dates Horton gave the public for when the nomination period closed to turn in packets which could be perceived that special accommodations were given to Thompson and Faulk to have extra days, to obtain signatures, that others did not have, due to their last minute decision to pull papers on the final day of the nomination period.
The city clerk’s office expects to have a certified candidates list available on August 12th.