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Mayor Butts awaits certification to continue Davidson closing in on Gray for runoff

By Kenneth Miller, Publisher

As the days move closer to the certification of the Nov. 8 election results for the City of Inglewood, the latest count from the Los Angeles Registrar Recorders Office confirms that James T. Butts, Jr. will continue to lead the city as mayor.

The percentage of votes Mayor Butts received shrunk from 55% to 53.62% over his nearest rival Fredrisha “Sha” Dixon who had 16.69 % with 3,749 votes. Miya Angelou Walker was third with 13.75% and 3,090 votes.

The Registrar Recorder official website indicates the majority of the ballots have been counted and we have been informed an estimated 80% of the votes have been calculated.

Meanwhile in the heated contest for District 1 Council Seat where incumbent George Dotson will be forced into a March 3, 2023 runoff, community advocate Yolanda Davidson has gained substantially on veteran public official Gloria Gray.

Gray has been the runner-up to Dotson throughout, but her slim lead has been narrowed to just 21 at press time. Gray has 1,660 votes while Davidson has 1,639 with the “majority” of the ballots counted.

“I feel good, but a little frustrated,” Davidson told Inglewood Today. “I wish I could afford a recount, but they have to count every single vote. I don’t know the process and we have mail in votes that needs to be counted.”

Gray was not available for comment.

Meanwhile, Davidson’s Winter Wonderland event scheduled for Saturday Dec. 2 at the White House located at 426 Arbor Vitae from 11a.m.-1p.m. is sold out.

She is confident that if she does prevail to a runoff she can defeat Dotson, and also contends that Gray could win as well with the right support.

Davidson said the challenges to a runoff is voter enthusiasm. “It’s going to be hard to get the voters out.”

Asked what she would do if he is denied a runoff, Davidson stated she would continue her community base involvement, advocating for local business and economic development in District 1.

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