Compton Councilman Isaac Galvan has been no stranger to controversy since taking office in June 2013. Galvan was the city’s first Latino elected to the city council representing District 2 residents by securing a victory over long-time incumbent Lillie Dobson. The council at the time came under fire for squandering a hefty surplus on attempts to resurrect the former Compton Police Department, a mysterious fire at one of the fire stations, and collecting unauthorized salary payments without residents approval.
Galvan immediately came under fire for failure to disclose campaign contributions. He didn’t learn from the scrutiny and according to the city clerk’s website, hasn’t filed those required statements since June 30, 2016. His council liaison was fired for being a convicted felon, he’s gotten drunk at city events, and was accused of calling a council mate derogatory names in public settings.
His most recent escapades include a raid of his apartment, by the FBI, on issues unrelated to his duties as councilman and a public debacle of his attempts to terminate the employment of current City Manager Craig Cornwell.
Up for re-election in April, familiar names are preparing to challenge Galvan for his seat, now that he is no longer actively seeking to run for mayor.
Former Compton school board member Skyy Fisher is said to be gearing up to make a return to the political scene. Fisher had a promising political future ahead of him, that got derailed after Fisher’s public declaration he was gay, and a short prison sentence.
Fisher has since completed a highly competitive program at the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and has a professional career working with various unions on behalf of government employees. His experience in negotiations and working cohesively with his colleagues is a positive attribute. Most notably he served on the school board with current District 4 Councilwoman Emma Sharif. Fisher is known for being an independent thinker, and putting the needs of the organization ahead of perceived “alliances” with those on the dais.
Current District 1 council liaison Andre Spicer is also rumored to be angling to join the city council. Spicer is known for his community involvement, which supersedes his time joining the office of Councilwoman Michelle Chambers. In fact, it was his extensive community involvement that helped Chambers secure a victory over Janna Zurita. Spicer stumbled when first being hired by the city, publicly berating some of the city’s senior citizens on social media, however, he has since began to focus more diligently on his position, perhaps in preparation of becoming an elected official. Some question whether he will be a “yes” man to the mayor or make decisions independently. 2UrbanGirls has been told that he has already hired a campaign manager.
Other names have come forward, however, 2UrbanGirls has chose to focus on the two men who present the greatest opportunity of successfully challenging Galvan.
Ironically, Fisher and Spicer were one-time business associates at the start of the Hub Radio Station so this will be the race to watch in 2021.
What are your thoughts on these candidates?