Compton City Clerk Alita Godwin gave a powerpoint presentation during the November 10 regular city council meeting regarding the upcoming April election. Citing significant costs, the city is preparing to move to an all vote by mail voting system as opposed to traditional voting at a polling location.
The 2020 Presidential Election drew record voter turnout as the first time in the nation, every registered voter, in Los Angeles County, received a ballot in the. mail, whether they requested it or not.
Godwin explained that voting by mail would be approximately $350,000 as opposed to $700,000 to open polling locations.
The offices up for election are:
Mayor- Aja Brown has pulled a rabbit out the hat with her promotion of a Universal Basic Income pilot program to help nearly 800 underserved Compton residents. With the funds currently raised, payments are projected to be $200 per recipient. It was long rumored that District 2 Councilman Isaac Galvan would run against her, but those plans could be derailed. Potential challengers for Brown are District 4 Councilwoman Emma Sharif and long-time resident James Hayes.
District 2- Isaac Galvan is the incumbent currently serving his second term. He was the first Latino elected to the city council in the city’s history but at times has been controversial. He continues to not disclose his campaign donors/expenditures since being elected. The city’s website shows he hasn’t turned in the required forms in years. He has not represented himself properly at events, outside of city limits, and recently made headlines over an FBI raid on his home related to cannabis. Notable potential challengers would be Andre ‘Hub City’ Spicer, Skyy Fisher, Jackie Venters, Dr. Jace Dawson, and Alma Pleasant.
District 3- Tana McCoy is a retired city of Compton employee and one of the least controversial members of the council, although city employees may tell you different. Notable potential challengers are Jocye Kelly, Chris Petit and Tomas Carlos.
City Clerk- Alita Godwin has served the city since the retirement of former City Clerk Charles Davis and has recently drew public ire for refusing to read public comments that have to be emailed to her. Some members of the community took the opportunity to humiliate Godwin, by remarking on her obvious difficulties to read their comments out loud. She stated “it hurt her spirit” to have to read in her words “hateful” comments and refused to read them. City Manager Craig Cornwell stated they do not have to be read, which should have been at the direction of the city attorney. At times its hard to draw a line between Cornwell’s being the city manager or city attorney. Satra Zurita will be her only challenger.
City Attorney- Damon Brown rode into the seat due to his working relationship and fraternity membership he shares with Cornwell. Commenters regularly bring up he actually lives in Pomona. Residents are BEGGING former Mayor Eric Perrodin to run against him.
City Treasurer- Doug Sanders let $3.7 million of taxpayer dollars walk out of City Hall. If residents don’t let him and his daddy’s desk leave the confines of the Finance Department it will be a total travesty. Jasper Jackson is the logical choice as he hasn’t lost a dime of their money.
Filing period opens December 28 and will run through January 25, 2021.