On Tuesday, Nov. 4th, Inglewood voters will decide a number of important races at the local and state levels. Do you know who and what you will vote for?
Here are my picks for candidates either seeking office or re-election:
Mayor James Butts. There is so much to say about Mayor Butts. He has my endorsement because of his positive vision and ability to carry it out. In the three years that he has been Mayor of Inglewood, the city has seen an historic drop in crime, the highest increase in new development and planned projects, and a council that is actually united.
The reopening of the “Fabulous” Forum, multi-billion dollar Hollywood Park Tomorrow, the proposed Crenshaw/LAX light rail, hundreds of new jobs and the proposed Market Street Revitalization are just a few of the sweeping changes that have come or begun on Mayor Butts’ watch.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been a fighter from Day One—championing such causes as fair wages, equal access to credit, healthcare, women’s rights and much more. Whenever there is a cry for justice, she is the “go-to” leader representing Inglewood in Washington. Waters helped Mayor Butts secure millions of dollars to sound-insulate homes for residents of Inglewood.
Sixty-Second Assembly Candidate Autumn Burke is a rising star. If you talk to Autumn, it is evident that she really cares about this community and wants to make life better for everyone. She wants to bring more jobs, business opportunities and better schools to the area. She is a smart visionary who runs a clean, respectful campaign.
West Basin Metropolitan Water District Board Member Gloria Gray is a long-time friend of Inglewood and Inglewood Today. A local leader who has served on the Inglewood School Board, Gray is seeking re-election on the WBMWD Board of Directors. Gloria is one of the hardest working, civic minded leaders in our community, and a woman of integrity.
Board of Equalization Chair Jerome Horton has served as a state-elected official since leaving the Inglewood City Council. But he has always remained close to the pulse of our city. His commitment to help more people of color succeed in their own businesses is evident by the many job and business fairs that he has brought to Inglewood.
Of course, there are many other choices on the ballot, including races for governor, attorney general, and county sheriff, as well as state propositions. If you have not studied your voter pamphlet, please take the time to understand what you are voting for, and please take the time to vote.