There’s a four-way race underway for mayor of Carson. Incumbent Albert Robles will confront councilman and former mayor Jim Dear, along with veteran councilwoman Lula Davis-Holmes and union leader Ana Meni.
Carson’s first-ever district elections will witness council incumbent Jawane Hilton; former councilman Elito Santarina; former planning commissioner Charles Thomas; and Vincent Kim, himself a political newcomer, compete for the seat in District 1.
Cedric Hicks, an incumbent, will take on businesswoman Brandi Williams-Murdock for the District 3 seat. District 1, which includes Cal State Dominguez Hills, is in North Carson. District 3 encompasses most or the eastern portion of the city.
Neither Dear nor Davis-Holmes, political allies who are frequent critics of Robles, will relinquish their seats if Robles wins a second four-year term. That’s because the former two candidates reside in council districts where elections will not be conducted until 2022.
Dear, who was recalled in 2016, is a former city clerk and seeks to complete a political comeback with a return to the mayor’s seat which he held three times since 2004. Dear was first elected to the Carson City Council in 2001.
Robles, who failed in a March bid for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, witnessed the city being forced to switch to district-based city council elections after a Latino voting rights advocacy group filed a lawsuit under the California Voting Rights Act.
Carson voters will also decide on Nov. 3 whether to approve a three-quarter-cent (or 0.75 percent) sales tax, which the City Council voted to placed on the ballot.