James Butts, Mayor-Elect of Inglewood
After a final tally, the Inglewood city clerk announced Butts as the winner
By Sentinel Staff
For the past 12 months, the city of Inglewood has held three elections for mayor and after a grueling race between the incumbent, Mayor Danny Tabor and the challenger, James Butts, the city clerk has declared that Butts is the winner, and is now the Mayor-Elect of Inglewood.
Figures released by the City Clerk were showing 3,776 votes for former Chief of Police Butts against 3,000 garnered by his opponent, Inglewood’s Mayor Danny Tabor.
According to Butts, “The people have spoken. I think it’s great news for me and great news for the City of Inglewood.” He promised a new direction for the city and an overhaul of its finances since the city–like many in the Southland–is presently running a deficit of $18 million and climbing.
As of Sentinel’s press time, Mayor Tabor has not conceded.
During one of the primaries last year, Butts had dropped out of the race; however, this time both he and Tabor faced each other in a two-man contest, and apparently, Butts came out ahead.
Many pundits have claimed that the residents of Inglewood were “burnt out” after a tumultuous year of elections that seemed to have added to the million-dollar deficit. And though Butts was the chief of police in Santa Monica, he also served in the Inglewood Police Department where he rose to become deputy police chief.