Community members in Compton held a press conference last week, demanding that Isaac Galvan resign from his role as District 2 City Councilman, and that District Attorney George Gascon overturn the election results.
On August 13, the Los Angeles D.A’s office announced Galvan and five others were being charged with conspiracy to commit election fraud.
Upset community members want Galvan’s seat to go to Andre Spicer, also known as “Hub City Dre,” a local businessman and founder of Hub City Radio.
Galvan won the run-off against Spicer by one vote, 855-854.
“I am absolutely disgusted,” said Tene Muhammad. She handles the daily operations of Hub City Radio and is a close confidant of Spicer’s.
Muhammad says the charges against Galvan do not come as a surprise. During the election, T and others tried bringing the concerns of voter fraud along with documentation, to the proper channels.
“I hope to see Galvan prosecuted. I want to see the current City Council put Andre in that seat because he deserves it,” Muhammad expressed. “We said there was cheating going on but the system was slow to address what we brought to their attention.”
According to the criminal complaint, Galvan tried to bribe a registrar employee who was counting ballots on election night. In addition, four of those charged with Galvan were registered to vote at his home, although they did not live at his residence.
“There is so much that goes on in Compton that doesn’t get talked about on a larger scale,” said Jasmine Gates. Gates was one of the community members who showed up Friday morning at the Compton Courthouse.
In 2017, former Deputy Treasurer Salvador Galvan pleaded guilty to stealing more than $3.7 million of Compton city funds.
“People are coming out to vote more, I just hope we can gut out this negative behavior as it relates to politics in Compton,” Gates continued. “So that Compton can really be run like our neighboring cities.”
Moving forward, Gates says the community has to keep showing up and applying pressure to ensure that the investigation against Galvan is substantial.
“He was already being investigated to the point where he could not campaign and he won without even campaigning,” Gates shared. “A lot of these systems need to be changed and reimagined.”
Earlier this year, Compton’s then Mayor Aja Brown, announced she would not be running for re-election. Brown endorsed her seat to 26-year-old Christian Reynaga, who would have been Compton’s first Latino Mayor.
Reynaga lost the race to Emma Sharif, who was first elected to represent District 4 on Compton’s City Council in 2015.
“The hurtful part is not having enough public outcry,” says Aly Rivers, who worked as Spicer’s campaign manager for the 2020 election.
“A lot of people just look at this as typical Compton stuff, but at what point are we going to say, not in my city anymore? They only get away with what we allow. They are only in these roles because of us.”
Rivers says they currently have a lawyer and are in court challenging the legitimacy of the election.
“The fact the D.A is filing charges just makes our case even better. We knew we had strong evidence and now we know the D.A is pressing the line,” said Rivers.