Mayor Omar Bradley added to his substantial lead in late returns in the Compton city elections Wednesday, but not by enough to avoid a June 5 runoff against upstart prosecutor Eric J. Perrodin.
With all precincts and absentee votes counted, Bradley, who is seeking a third term, finished with 4,312 votes for 44.2%, according to the city clerk. Perrodin, a deputy district attorney who is making his first run for office, was second with 1,983 votes, or 20.3%.
Councilwoman Marcine Shaw was third with 16%. Shaw, 70, who is well-known in the city as an aide to the late county Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, said she was retiring from politics. Railroad engineer Juan Mora, who had barely organized a campaign, finished fourth with 7.1%, ahead of three more prominent candidates: school board members Basil Kimbrew (4.4%) and Saul E. Lankster (3.4%) and former City Councilman Fred Cressel (3.1%).
In the two City Council races, Bradley-backed candidates Melanie Andrews and Frank K. Wheaton each made the runoffs. In the 2nd District, Andrews, a Compton Community College trustee, led school board member Leslie Irving 40.3% to 34.6%. In the 3rd District, Wheaton, with 27.7%, trailed incumbent Yvonne Arceneaux, a critic of the mayor.