Inglewood residents are on track to return the incumbents to the city council in a sign they want to keep the team together. Early returns show the incumbents with a decent lead over their opponents.
The numbers also indicate Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr.’s popularity is waning.
District 1 Councilman George Dotson benefitted from a crowded field that saw him remain the top vote-getter after results were updated at 4 am. Gloria Gray and Yolanda Davidson rounded out the top three vote-getters.
Dotson has 32% of the total votes cast and Gray has 24%.
There is much speculation that Dotson could ultimately resign from his seat allowing for an appointment to be made to conclude his term unless he is forced into a runoff and loses outright if he doesn’t receive over 50% of the votes.
District 2 Councilman Alex Padilla overwhelmingly defeated challenger Bobby Brown after receiving 1,411 votes representing 70% of the votes cast.
What was most shocking was the low turnout for three-time Mayor James Butts.
In the last two elections, Butts received in excess of 10,000 votes. In 2014, he received 13,193 votes and in 2018 he received 13,193.
In those elections, he benefited from an influx of campaign funds from NFL and NBA interests seeking to build in the City. In this election cycle, Butts’ main benefactors are those seeking to build the Inglewood Transit Connector and WOW Media who has digital billboards littered throughout the city, some having never been turned on since they were erected.
Butts has received 6,432 votes as of the last update representing 55% of the total votes cast. Fredrisha “Sha” Dixon is in second place with 16% and Miya Walker with 13%.
Dixon regularly clashed with the mayor during this election, particularly during the public comment portion of the weekly city council meetings where she blasted him for not doing enough to curtail crime in the city.
We previously pondered that in the previous elections, the mayor was driving more residents to the polls to vote against him and this year they sat this one out.
According to the County Registrar’s office, the next update of voting totals will be made on Friday, Nov. 11.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office on Wednesday estimated that roughly 1 million ballots remain to be counted. The office estimated there are 985,000 vote-by-mail ballots, 21,000 conditional voter-registration ballots, and 300 provisional, or questioned ballots.