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Charles Davis, California

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Charles Davis
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Board member, Compton Unified School District, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
ProfessionRetired City Clerk/Independent consultant
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Charles Davis was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees that was first elected in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Charles Davis is retired City Clerk and long serving Governing Board Member of the Compton College District. Davis served as Compton City Clerk from 1973 to 2003.[1]



See also: Compton Unified School District elections (2013)


Charles Davis ran against eleven other candidates including incumbents Mae Thomas, Satra D. Zurita and Margie N. Garrett for four seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Satra D. Zurita, Mae Thomas, Margie N. Garrett and Charles Davis defeated nine candidates for four seats on the Compton Unified School District Board of Education.

Compton Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSatra D. Zurita 15.4% 2,385
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMae Thomas 14.2% 2,200
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargie N. Garrett 13.3% 2,058
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Davis 12% 1,851
     Nonpartisan Stephany A. Ortega 7% 1,080
     Nonpartisan Carol Ann Bradley 6.7% 1,041
     Nonpartisan William T. Kemp 5.9% 908
     Nonpartisan Joseph L. Lewis 5.4% 843
     Nonpartisan Francisco Javier Orozco 5.4% 838
     Nonpartisan Yolanda Hernandez Lopez 4.2% 645
     Nonpartisan Tomas Carlos 4.1% 637
     Nonpartisan Diana Padilla 3.5% 541
     Nonpartisan Cierra Amber Evans 2.9% 441
Total Votes 15,468
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" Accessed December 12, 2013


Davis has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.


William T. Kemp has not yet received any official endorsements for this campaign.

What were at stake?

Four at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the Vice-President and Clerk. Incumbents Margie N. Garrett and Satra D. Zurita sought re-election.


Racial profiling lawsuit

On May 13, 2013 a group of students and parents filed a federal lawsuit against Compton Unified School District, alleging school police used excessive force and racially profiled Latino students and parents. The suit also alleges school police deliberately targeted Catarino Garcia and notified immigration officials resulting in Garcia's deportation after Garcia went to the school police station to file a complaint against an officer. Another plaintiff, Raquel Espinoza, alleges excessive force and that she was targeted for being a parent activist after she and her son were arrested outside Compton High School after an alleged fight involving her son. A bystander Victor Lopez filmed the incident with his iPod and had his nose broke, was pepper-sprayed, and arrested on charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.[3]

Lack of Latino representation

Latino's make up the majority of Compton residents and 78.8% of the student body, yet the Compton Unified School District School Board has no Latino member on the board. Several suits have resulted from this lack of representation alleging a violation of the Voter's Rights Act. A 2010 lawsuit alleged that the at-large elections system dilutes the voting power of Latino residents.[4]

About the district


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Compton Unified School District is located in the Southcentral Los Angeles County, California in Compton, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 96,455 residents.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Azusa (%) California (%)
White 25.9 57.6
Black or African American 32.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 0.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.4
Two or More Races 3.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 65.0 37.6


Compton underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Compton was $43,311 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 7.0% of Compton residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Compton was 24.9% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 757.7% of Compton residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[7]

See also

Compton Unified School District, California
Compton Unified School District elections (2013)

External links

Suggest a link

Compton Unified School District website