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Who is Running for Carson City Council?

From L-R, Top row: Jawane Hilton, Vincent Kim, Charles Thomas; Bottom row: Cedric Hicks, Brandi Williams-Murdock, Daniel Valdez

In 2020, Districts 1 and 3 are up for election in the City of Carson.

Current Councilman Jawane Hilton is running for a spot in the newly created District 1 seat. Former Councilman Elito Santarina, who lost re-election in 2018, attorney Vincent Kim and college professor and attorney Charles Thomas are challenging Hilton for the spot.

Councilman Cedric Hicks is vying for the District 3 seat against small business owner Brandi Williams-Murdock and Carson Planning Commissioner Daniel Valdez.

Carson Accountability and Transparency (CAT) sent a questionnaire to all seven council candidates seeking their views on the COVID-19 response, the City budget deficit, and Measure K, the city’s proposed 3/4 cent tax.

All candidates except former councilman Santarina returned a completed questionnaire. You can view all the candidates’ responses, information on Measure K, a recap of CAT’s Supervisor forum and other election information on the CAT website at


How do I Vote?

There are seven ballot drop boxes scattered across the City of Carson. Drop off your ballot anytime 24 hours a day, seven days a week until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 at any of the County’s official sites.

Completed ballots can also be returned by mail (no postage necessary) or in-person at any Vote Center within L.A. County. There will also be 10 polling locations in the City of Carson.

Visit to find all the official drop boxes, Vote Centers, and polling locations nearest you.


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