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Zurita ouster equals seismic shift in Compton council

Emma Sharif (left), and Michelle Chambers exhale after winning  their respective City Council races in the June 4 General Municipal Election. Michelle Chambers ousts District 1 incumbent Janna Zurita; Emma Sharif edges Justin A. Blakely in close

Emma Sharif (left), and Michelle Chambers exhale after winning  their respective City Council races in the June 4 General Municipal Election.

Michelle Chambers ousts District 1 incumbent Janna Zurita; Emma Sharif edges Justin A. Blakely in close District 4 race

COMPTON – The contentious, often ugly political races for two council seats here, ended with one incumbent going down to defeat and another barely surviving by less than 100 ballots in the June 4 General Municipal Election.

Political newcomer Michelle Chambers crushed two-term District 1 councilmember Janna Zurita garnering 1,192 votes or 65.46 percent to 629 or 34.54. Chambers’ victory was nearly a margin of 2-1.

In District 4, Emma Sharif staved off a challenge by upstart Justin A. Blakely, 695 votes to 598 or 53.75 percent to 46.25.

Chambers, who was supported by Mayor Aja Brown, is expected to shift the 3-vote majority in the council, along with Sharif, who often sides with Brown on city issues.

The tabulations are final with 100 percent of all precincts reporting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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