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Local News in Brief : Election Annulment Upheld on Appeal

A state appeals court has upheld a Los Angeles Superior Court decision annulling the 1987 election of an Inglewood city councilman. If there are no further appeals, a new election ordered by the Superior Court could be held by October, city officials said.

In a written decision issued Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeal rejected appeals by lawyers for the city and Councilman Ervin (Tony) Thomas. The judges also rejected an appeal by unsuccessful council candidate Garland Hardeman, who asked the court to declare him the winner of the election.

Lawyers for both sides said they had not decided whether to appeal the decision, which becomes final in 60 days. At that time, Thomas must leave the council.

The appeals court ruled that a Superior Court judge acted properly in October, 1987, when he threw out 31 votes for Thomas in a decision that said Inglewood Mayor Edward Vincent and other Thomas supporters intimidated voters and committed numerous other Election Code violations.

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