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The results of the Inglewood run-off election return incumbents Tabor and Butler to power
On Tuesday, June 16, the City of Inglewood held its run-off elections for one of four City Council Seats and three of four Inglewood Unified School District Board Seats.
Incumbents Councilman Daniel "Danny" Tabor and school board member, Arnold Butler, were returned to power by the voters. The run-off election was necessary because during the primary last April, none of the candidates was able to garner over 50 percent, the minimum that was required to forego the run-off.
"The votes are in and it was a sweep for Tabor, Williams, Butler, and Giardina." Tabor said, in response to his staggering defeat of George Dotson for the City of Inglewood's Council Seat #1."
Dotson has been an unsuccessful candidate for that council seat in eight previous elections and was not available for comment. However, Tabor, who indicated that he was an open as an elected official and one whose primary desire is to make Inglewood better, said. "I am willing to work with anyone who shares my vision of a better Inglewood, including George Dotson."
Tabor also added. "My first priority is to continue with the work that is already underway and that is to ensure that the citizens of Inglewood derive maximum benefit from the pending Hollywood Park Development. Even though the project is still in its early stages, there is much to be done."
Though in the previous contests, Tabor and Butler received 49.3 percent and 44.5 percent respectively, this time their victories were decisive. Unofficial results indicated that Tabor handily defeated Dotson by winning 1.129 votes over his opponents 957 votes.
In addition Tabor and Butler's victories, school board member Trina Williams retained her seat and Alena Giardina defeated Renee Dorn.
School Board Member Trina Williams said, "the first order of business is to continue to work with the community to ensure that all of our children receive a quality high school education, and be prepared to either continue their education or enter the job market."
As with many midterm elections, voter turnout is unpredictable and prior to the election, Inglewood City Clerk, Yvonne Horton, indicated that she did not anticipate a heavy voter turnout. "We will operate 32 polling places, the same as the last election." Horton described. "Inglewood voters appear to be tired of going to the polls and therefore, I project a low voter turnout."
Regardless of the early outcome returns expected late Tuesday night, Horton indicated that the final results will not be known until June 30. "On June 30th, I will present the election results to the Inglewood City Council for certification." Horton explained.