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Compton mayor race: Aja Brown nears victory

Aja Brown, a candidate for Compton mayor, speaks with Eyewitness News in this undated file photo.

June 5, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Compton's former mayor has lost his bid for re-election, as the city is close to voting in Aja Brown to the post.

Omar Bradley fell short in Tuesday's election, getting 36 percent of the votes versus Brown's 63 percent. These results are not finalized yet, as vote-by-mail ballots still need to be accounted for.

Bradley served two terms as mayor, but he was convicted in 2004 of misappropriating public funds. According to prosecutors, Bradley 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.

Brown is a 31-year-old University of Southern California graduate with a degree in urban planning. Her campaign focused on making municipal government more transparent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.