Compton Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Compton Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What's at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Compton Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Four seats on the School Board for Compton Unified School District were up for district wide elections held on November 5, 2013. Satra D. Zurita, Mae Thomas, Margie N. Garrett and Charlie Davis defeated nine candidates for four at-large seats.

About the district


Compton Unified School District, California
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.[1]


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 United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Compton was 24.9% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 75.7% of Compton residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Compton (%) 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

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]

Method of board member selection

Compton Unified School District School Board consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least three members, but no more than four are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The three remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.




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 Incumbent 14.2% 2,200
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargie N. Garrett Incumbent 13.3% 2,058
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Davis Incumbent 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


No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.


SEIU Local 99 have officially endorsed Charles Davis, Stephany Ortega and incumbent Satra Zurita for this election.[5] Zurita has also received endorsements from American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2325 ,United Association (UA) Local 250 and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor – AFL-CIO.[6]

Election history


On November 8, 2011, three seats on the Compton Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Micah Ali, Emma Sharif, and Skyy D. Fisher defeated nine challengers.

Compton Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMicah Ali 19.7% 2,323
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEmma Sharif 11.9% 1,401
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSkyy D. Fisher 11.6% 1,369
     Nonpartisan Joel Estrada 8.4% 998
     Nonpartisan Enelida Alvarez 7.9% 928
     Nonpartisan Joseph L. Lewis 7.6% 901
     Nonpartisan Otha Ray Scott 6% 709
     Nonpartisan Willie Dewitt Carson 5.8% 684
     Nonpartisan Carolyn Patterson Stokes 5.4% 639
     Nonpartisan Rodolfo Enriquez 5.3% 632
     Nonpartisan Latanya Hall-Ganter 5.3% 623
     Nonpartisan Donna Hefflin 5.2% 609
Total Votes 11,816
Source: Smart, "Governing Board Member; Compton Unified School District Voter Information" accessed September 12, 2013

What was at stake?

Four at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the Vice-President and Clerk. Incumbents Mae Thomas, 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 broken, was pepper-sprayed and arrested on charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.[7]

Lack of Latino representation

Latinos 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.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Azusa Unified School District election in 2013:[9]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.[10]

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