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Compton Politiscape 2017

Politiscape 2017: Crowded race for Compton mayor with seven candidates prospecting for votes; all other races feature at least two hopefuls COMPTON — With the presidential race behind us, and the holidays of 2016 off the

Politiscape 2017: Crowded race for Compton mayor with seven candidates prospecting for votes; all other races feature at least two hopefuls

COMPTON — With the presidential race behind us, and the holidays of 2016 off the radar, Politiscape 2017 has finally rolled around with a critical mandate for the City Compton — who will lead the city over the next four years? Voters have crucial decisions to make at the ballot for mayor, city council seats Districts 2 and 3, city attorney, city clerk,  and city treasurer.

The races will be competitive with no office unopposed in 2017. The Compton Herald will be intertwined in the mix to present each candidate and what they have to offer. We will aid candidates in getting the word out and connecting with voters.  The newspaper will also endorse in some races.

The following is a sketch of the people who seek the votes of the people.

Mayor: The 2017 field for the city’s top office is stacked with seven hopefuls vying for the hot seat. Incumbent Mayor Aja Brown, whose victory in 2013 stunned the town, will have to match political wits with former mayor Omar Bradley, James Hays, a former aide to ex-councilman Willie Jones; political gadfly Lynn Rogers Boone, Bryan O. Parker, Ernest “Scooby” Green, and Eugene W. Mitchell Jr.

Council District 2: Incumbent Isaac Galvan faces a challenge from Jacqueline Venters, and relative newcomers Bill Ivey, and Al Hamade. Only votes cast in the second district count in this race.

Council District 3: Incumbent Tana L. McCoy, who was appointed to serve out the term of Yvonne Arceneaux, who resigned after nearly a quarter century in office. McCoy will have to earn the seat this time. Her challengers are Chris Petit, Robert L. Ray, Tomas Carlos, and Joyce Kelly.

City Attorney: The city’s top attorney Craig Cornwell will not run unopposed this ballot cycle. Vying for this very important seat is Marcus Musante

City Clerk: The fight for city clerk is a re-match of 2013 between veteran incumbent Alita Godwin, and Satra Zurita, president of the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees.

City Treasurer: Multiple term treasurer Douglas Sanders may face the toughest challenge of his career with two challengers vying for his seat in Jasper “Jay” Jackson, and Jenise A. Davis.

Candidates should contact the Herald for a political advertising rate sheet. Contact the Herald at (310) 908-9683 or thecomptonherald@gmail.com

 

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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