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Councilmember Gray to thank supporters at celebration

By Kenneth Miller, Publisher

Newly minted Inglewood City Councilmember Gloria Gray, the first Black woman to be elected in District 1, will host a ‘Campaign Team Celebration’ on Saturday April 8th from 4p.m. to 8p.m. at The Whipp Social Club located at 7617 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles.

“For all of those who generously gave their time and resources, I treasure the effort they provided during my campaign and this is just a way to say thank you,” Gray stated.

The event is being paid for by Gloria Gray for City Council D1 campaign.

The first order of official business for Gray, who has already been sworn in by the Inglewood City Clerk, will be on Monday April 10, the day following Easter where there is expect to be a robust agenda on the city council.

Gray survived a crowded field in the general election and narrowly advanced to a runoff against incumbent George Dotson, but won resoundingly.

She becomes the second Black woman on the council alongside District 4 Councilmember Dionne Faulk. Hispanics Eloy Morales of District 3 and District 2 Councilmember Alex Padilla round out the council members.

Mayor James T. Butts, who is among the most accomplished Black officials in the nation, having been instrumental in bringing the NFL back to Southern California and then luring the Clippers basketball team from downtown Los Angeles to Inglewood is the leader of the council.

In addition, Butts was responsible for the 25,000-square-foot Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center and the Girl Scouts of America calling Inglewood home.

Gray campaigned on transparency, accountability and pledged to be an independent voice on the council.

Her election victory over an incumbent with the powerful backing of the mayor sent shock waves throughout the community, a signal that voters wanted a new voice and fresh vision for District 1.

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