Inglewood residents elect new council member, city clerk

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By 2UrbanGirls

Contributing Writer

INGLEWOOD — Local voters elected a new city clerk and a new City Council member in District 4 on Nov. 3.

Deputy City Clerk Aisha Thompson defeated opponent Deandre Warren, receiving 70% of votes cast, to win the clerk’s seat.

Thompson entered the race under a cloud of scrutiny after outgoing City Clerk Yvonne Horton allowed her to pull nomination papers, despite language in the Inglewood Municipal Code that states that city employees would have to resign before pulling nominations papers.

Complaints were submitted to the Los Angeles County Public Integrity Office, back in August, which have yet to yield a response as to whether the sections of the code would need to be repealed due to violation of state law.

Issues also surrounded Thompson’s campaign with charges that she used city resources to campaign.

In Council District 4, Inglewood Unified School Board advisory member Dionne Faulk will replace Ralph Franklin. She was unopposed in the election as was District 3 Councilman Eloy Morales Jr. and City Treasurer Wanda Brown, who both retained their seats.

IUSD advisory board members D’Artagnan Scorza and Margaret Evans also ran unopposed. Political newcomer Brandon Myers will replace Alice Grigsby.

The district has not announced whether an appointment or special election will take place to fill the seat currently occupied by Faulk.

Voters also approved Measure I, a school bond measure, to continue repairing the schools despite enrollment of a little more than 8,000 students. The measure will authorize an additional $240 million to repair classrooms and address vocational/career education studies.

Inglewood voters have now pledged $500 million to schools dating back to 1998 with the passage of Measure K and Measure GG in 2012.

2 Urban Girls is a freelance reporter for Wave Newspapers who covers the Compton and Inglewood area. She can be reached at 2urbangirls@gmail.com.