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Compton City Councilmember Janna Zurita in Run-off
By kenneth D. Miller, Assistant Managing Editor
Published April 23, 2015

Incumbent feels good about her chances on June 2nd


Incumbent Compton District 1 City Councilmember Janna Zurita was forced into a June 2nd runoff Tuesday April 21 by Hispanic candidate Richard Alatorre in the municipal elections. 

Zurita collected 456 votes for 32.9 percent and Alatore earned 362 votes for 26.1 percent Compton resident Kevin Monk finished third with 298 votes.

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“I’m honored by the support our campaign received tonight, from residents across Compton’s First Council District.  As we move ahead to the General Election, I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation about how best to improve the delivery of government services, increase transparency at City Hall, and move our city forward,” said Zurita.

In her first foray onto the political stage, Janna Zurita was overwhelmingly elected to the Compton City Council on June 7, 2011, soundly defeating eight-year incumbent Barbara Calhoun to represent the First District. 

Born and reared in Compton, Councilmember Zurita is the daughter of retired public administrator Clarence Zurita and former two term Compton City Councilmember Delores Zurita. She is the sister of Compton Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees President Satra Zurita. 

A product of the Compton Unified School District, Councilmember Zurita graduated from Compton High School in 1982. She furthered her education at Compton Community College and Long Beach City College, where she was trained and certified as a surgical nurse.

On July 12, 2010, Zurita was elected to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee, representing the 52nd Assembly District.

The youngest member of the Compton City Council, Councilmember Zurita was selected as Mayor Pro Tem on July 5, 2011. She currently represents the city as an alternate on the California Joint Powers Authority and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (District 1).

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As a member of the Compton City Council, Zurita is championing the causes she promised to address when campaigning. She has led the charge to reduce water rates in the City of Compton. Working to improve the quality of life for all Compton residents, Councilmember Zurita supports public safety, clean and safe parks and neighborhoods, enhanced street and sidewalk services, new business development, and senior services.

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