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Brown beats former mayor Bradley in Compton mayoral election

Aja Brown defeated former Mayor Omar Bradley in the 2013 Compton city election.
Sharon McNary/KPCC
Aja Brown defeated Omar Bradley in Tuesday's mayoral election in Compton.

Voters in Compton have rejected their former mayor, who's facing retrial in a corruption case.
Omar Bradley's comeback bid fell short in Tuesday's election. The Los Angeles Times reports that  Bradley received 36.2 percent of the vote. Urban planner Aja Brown got 63.7 percent to become the new mayor.

Take Two's A Martinez interviewed Brown this morning. The newly-elected 31-year-old Brown told KPCC her first focus will be on good governance:

Brown, a USC graduate in urban planning, has worked in economic development in nearby Gardena, Inglewood and Compton before launching her own firm two years ago. In the interview, she emphasized the challenge and opportunity in improving Compton's local economy and media perception.
Bradley served two terms as mayor, but he was convicted in 2004 of misappropriating public funds. Prosecutors say he used a city-issued credit card for personal expenses, including shoes, cigars and a hotel stay.

An appeals court tossed the conviction last August but prosecutors plan to retry him.
Voters in Compton also elected their first Latino councilman, Issac Galvan. Latinos have long been a majority in the city.

"Having a diverse council is necessary in order to make sure that all constituents are represented well," Brown said. "He's also young and I think he'll grow and be able to be a great asset to the community."

Brown and Galvan will serve on a city council of five total members, with four council members and one mayor with the same authority.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Bradley was the incumbent.