SOUTH GATE — Former Planning Commissioner Gregory Slaughter easily defeated four other candidates Tuesday to win the City Council seat vacated by the death of Dorothea Lombardo.
Slaughter won with 1,811 votes, followed by former Councilman Henry C. Gonzales with 1,467, Jerry Garcia with 254, David (Eddie) Frantz with 172, and Rogelio Cuevas with 10.
Slaughter, a Santa Monica police officer, promoted himself as a tough-on-crime candidate who wanted to expand the city's police force to combat an increasing gang problem. Slaughter also questioned the integrity of Gonzales, who challenged the results of last April's council election in which Lombardo defeated him by 7 votes.
"The voters indicated they wanted a change in April, 1988," Slaughter said. "They are re-emphasizing that change with my election."
Slaughter said one of his priorities will be to reopen the State Street fire station, which was closed by Los Angeles County fire protection officials after the city refused to pay increased service fees. He also said he will work to establish police substations, one on the south side and another on the west side of the city, to deal with South Gate's growing crime problems.