Inglewood City Clerk Yvonne Horton has been in office for over 16 years and presided over as many three dozen elections as the Chief Elections Officer. She is the single most reliable source of relaying election information to the public and ensuring eligibility of those seeking to run for office. 2UrbanGirls finds it concerning that it appears she has violated the city’s municipal code to get her family friend/deputy city clerk elected to succeed her.
Aisha Thompson has worked for both Yvonne and her husband Jerome Horton for decades. Thompson has served them in an official capacity in their respective government offices and personally as a board member for the Horton’s charity. As the deputy city clerk, it is typical for candidates pulling nomination forms to get them directly from Thompson. We can assume she fully understands the eligibility requirements for candidates seeking office.
According to the Inglewood Municipal Code, Thompson is directly in violation of I.M.C. 2-48 and 2-50 which governs Inglewood employees seeking a seat on the Inglewood City Council.
I.M.C. 2-48. Improper Political Activity. No person holding a position under the classified service shall: (a) seek or accept election, nomination or appointment as an officer of a political club or organization, or (b) take an active part in a county or municipal political campaign, or (c) serve as a member of a committee of such club or organization or circle, or (d) seek signatures to any petition provided for by any law, or (e) to act as a worker at the polls, or (f) distribute badges or pamphlets, dodgers or handbills of any kind favoring or opposing any candidate for election or for nomination to public office, whether county or municipal.
I.M.C. 2-50. Other Political Activities Permitted. – Nothing in this Article shall be construed to prevent any officer or employee from becoming or continuing to be a member of a political club or organization, or from attendance at a political meeting, or from enjoying entire freedom from all interference in casting his or her vote or from seeking or accepting election or appointment to public office; provided, however, that a person holding a position in the classified service must resign his position in the classified service before seeking election to the office of Mayor, City Councilmember, City Clerk or City Treasurer. (Ord. 1569 1-31-61)
In short, the IMC requires that employees resign their position before beginning the signature collection process to run for any seat on the city council.
Horton appears to have intentionally made the nomination closing date of August 7, on a day that city hall was closed to the public, and didn’t notify residents until August 11 she wasn’t seeking office and as a direct result the nomination period was extended until August 12.
In the meantime, Thompson is still working in the city clerk’s office, who is administering the election, having her name added to official city council agendas, sending out recorded phone calls to voters, it is an obvious attempt to use taxpayer funded resources for her campaign marketing. Thompson is also regularly running the city council meetings in place of Horton.
Will Yvonne Horton disqualify Thompson, of her own accord, or will the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office be forced to intervene?