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Thursday, September 2, 2021

By Dennis J. Freeman


COMPTON—The day should have opened and stayed along the theme of celebratory gestures. But a press conference early in the day calling on Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan to resign from his District 2 seat put some shade on the swearing-in ceremony for elected officials. 

The most noticeable aspect of the swearing-in ceremony of Compton elected officials was the absence of Galvan. That’s because having a high profile these days might not be in the best interest of Galvan.

Prior to the Aug. 20 inauguration ceremony, Galvan was charged with conspiracy to commit election fraud and attempted bribery as a fallout from the June election. Galvan, who has been in office since 2013, won reelection by an 855-854 margin over Andre Spricer.

Five other individuals were charged in the election fraud scheme.

As a result of this explosive news, a petition has been started on change.org calling on Galvan to step down and surrender his duties as an elected official for the city.  On a good note, the swearing-in ceremony did take place, despite the fallout from the alleged election cheating that now hovers over the city.

The city celebrated new Mayor Emma Sharif, District 4 Councilwoman Lillie Darden, interim city manager Ronerick Simpson, Jonathan Bowers, Brandon Mims, and City Clerk Alita Godwin during the afternoon ceremony.

With Aja Brown choosing not to run for reelection, Sharif defeated Cristian Reynaga for the mayor’s seat. Bowers beat out Tana L. McCoy for the District 3 seat. Darden was appointed to her position as the District 4 representative.

Mims was given the nod by Compton residents to be the city treasurer over Satra Zurita.