Tuesday was a big night for incumbents in the Inglewood Municipal election. There were no upsets in the races for City Council Districts 3 and 4, or the City Clerk and City Treasurer seats.
Unofficial results indicate that Councilman Eloy Morales, the longest sitting member of the city council, pulled in 88.8 percent of the votes against opponents James A. Spencer (7.5%) and James Marcantel (3.7%).
“I am honored and humbled that the residents of the 3rd District trust me with the privilege of representing them,” Councilman Morales said. “Throughout my campaign, I felt the sincere connection I have with the residents I represent and continue to take the responsibility it brings seriously. The Mayor and City Council have been supportive of me in every way. We have a great team and, with it, we will continue to bring Inglewood back to its glory.”
District 4 Councilman Ralph Franklin, who ran unopposed, won a fourth term in office.
“I am truly humbled to have the many Inglewood voters go to the polls and cast their vote of confidence in me as an expression of their appreciation for my service to the District 4 community,” Councilman Franklin said. “My Council Assistant, Claudette Matthews, and I work together as a winning TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) to fight for a better quality of life for the residents of the 4th District of the City of Inglewood. I give all the honor to God as a public servant who will continue to be a blessing to others for the next four years.”
City Treasurer Wanda Brown, who also ran unopposed, was not available for comment. She has been the City Treasurer for more than 25 years.
With over 12 years of experience and 25 elections behind her, City Clerk Yvonne Horton easily won re-election with over 90 percent of the vote against opponent Kesha Mitchell.
“I am blessed, grateful and humbled by the election results and honored that Inglewood voters have given me another opportunity to serve,” said City Clerk Horton. “People we’ve served for years were so gracious and proved that Inglewood residents are our greatest assets.” Unlike a general election, the turnout for a Municipal election is generally low. However, it appears that Horton’s "Your Vote Counts" campaign was successful in maintaining a traditional turnout.
Chris Bozant, Horton’s campaign manager said, “Our polling indicated that the Horton name is well-known and well-respected in Inglewood, however we took nothing for granted. Our goal was to encourage people to vote and remind them of the Horton's 30-plus years of positive public service in Inglewood.”
While the city council, city clerk and treasurer races were predictable, there were a few surprises in the Inglewood Unified School District races. All of the Board-appointed candidates came up short. Instead, the voters elected Margaret Richards-Bowers to the 1st District seat, Melody Ngauc-Tuuholoaki to the 3rd District seat, and D'Artagnan Scorza to the 5th District.
Margaret Turner Evans had received the greatest number of votes (47.2%) in the 4th District at press time. However, because Inglewood elections require 50% plus one vote for an outright win, there will likely be a runoff between Turner Evans and her closest rival, Graciela Patino, who received 23.1%, in June. Darius A. Leevy placed third, with 19.0%, followed by Rene Talbott with 10.7% in District 4.
Richards-Bowers beat out Dionne Young Faulk, 61.8% to 38.2% in District 1. Ngauc-Tuuholoaki ran unopposed in District 3 and D’Artagnan won 60.5% vs. Henry Brown’s 39.5%.
City Clerk Horton advised that the Election Day results are unofficial and provisional and Vote-By-Mail ballots, turned in at the polls instead of mailed in before the deadline, are still being counted. “I doubt that the final vote count will change the outcome of most of the elections, however, school Board Seat 4 is too close to call,” said City Clerk Horton.