COMPTON — An unsuccessful City Council candidate has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court asking that the results of the city's bitterly contested District 2 election be nullified and a new election held.
Patricia Moore, overwhelmingly defeated by incumbent Councilman Floyd James in Compton's June 4 council runoff, filed suit this week alleging that James did "unlawfully influence, deceive and defraud" voters in the district by distributing two mailers in the final days of the campaign that violated sections of the California Elections Code and "prevented the . . . election from being fairly held."
The suit asks that James be removed from office, that he be disqualified forever from holding office in California and that a special election be called to fill his seat on the council.
"There is a responsibility of people who run for office to obey the law," Moore said in an interview Tuesday.
Mailers Key to Claim
Countered James, who denied any wrongdoing: "I'm certain the suit should be dismissed."
Central to Moore's claim are two mailers that went out during the last week of the campaign. Distribution of the first, a letter purportedly written by the Rev. Jesse Jackson promising free copies of a Jesse Jackson record album to voters pledging their support to James, was halted by a judge who declared the mailing a probable violation of a section of the election code prohibiting the offer of "valuable consideration" in exchange for votes.