The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office certified the Compton General Election June 14. The final voting count detailed a total of 8,701 ballots were processed, with 18% of eligible voters casting ballots.
The highly contentious election season culminated with the citizen’s electing District 4 Councilwoman Emma Sharif as the city’s 19th mayor.
“Thank you to all those who supported me as well as those who supported my opponent. I look forward to working with all the residents of Compton to better the quality of life in our city,” said Sharif.
Sharif began her political career on the Compton School Board, when she was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2001, where she served for 14 years, which could assist in fostering better synergy between the city and the school district.
“With every change in leadership that happens in our great city comes an opportunity to deepen how we collaborate to center and support students and their families,” said Micah Ali, president of the Compton School Board. “We look forward to working with Mayor Sharif to usher in a new school year and find new ways to work together to open doors of opportunity for Compton Scholars, especially in light of the fact she has a familiarity with our district and how districts operate.”
Despite trailing her opponent, in the April primary, Sharif secured the mayor’s seat capturing 51% of the vote. Christian Reynaga, who had the support of Mayor Aja Brown, finished with 48%.
Brandon Mims will become the city’s treasurer after defeating Compton School Board Member Satra Zurita.
Jonathan Bowers retained his lead over 3rd District incumbent Tana McCoy.
“It has truly been my honor to serve as the Councilwoman of the 3rd District for the past 5 years,” said McCoy, in a statement posted via social media. “I truly appreciate those that have supported me during the years and I would like to extend a roaring congratulations to those elected to represent the city.”
Councilman Isaac Galvan posted a razor thin lead of a single vote, to retain his 2nd District council seat over community activist Andre “HubCityDre” Spicer.
Final results show Galvan received 855 votes, and Spicer with 854, who is asking his supporters to help fund a recount, after allegations of voter fraud surfaced.
“Thank you to my entire team for the continued support and I need 100 friends and supporters to donate $50 to my campaign so we can do a recount,” said Spicer in a Facebook post after the final election results posted.
According to the Registrar-Recorder’s office any voter can request a recount and the request must be filed within five calendar days, after the completion of the official canvas, which took place June 2.
The elections official will determine the deposit necessary to cover the costs of the recount, and the voter filing the request must pay a deposit before the recount commences, and at the beginning of each following day.
If the recount results are reversed, the deposit is returned to the requestor.
Galvan has yet to publicly comment on the results.
Compton residents look forward to the city unifying under the new council.
“I’m looking forward to this council working together and in tune with one another, especially with these new projects on the horizon,” said Skyy Fisher, who previously served on the Compton School Board and was a candidate for the 2nd District.
New plans include a plethora of affordable housing projects, and continuing with street repairs.
On July 13, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to declare the election officially concluded.
Plans have not been publicly discussed as to how to the council will fill the soon to be vacant seat for the 4th District.