Los Angeles Unified School District election attracts fierce competition; heads to the ballot in less than 5 days
SACRAMENTO, California: Less than a week remains for the Los Angeles Unified School District elections. In addition to the school board elections, California voters will be casting their ballot on local ballot measures and a mayoral primary.
The three seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District board that are up for election are in Districts 2, 4, and 6. There are seven total seats on the board. Those who are elected to seats on the board in 2013 will serve for four-year terms.
The elections have attracted fierce competition. A group called the "Coalition for School Reform" is advocating for a slate of candidates that includes incumbent Monica Garcia in District 2, and challengers Kate Anderson (District 4) and Antonio Sanchez (District 6). As of February 12, this coalition has raised $2.5 million, including $1 million from billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City. Independent expenditures, including those from the Service Employees International Union and United Teachers Los Angeles, have already exceeded $2.8 million and may eclipse the $4.5 million record set in 2009.
On the same March 5 ballot as the school board primary, there is also a City of Los Angeles mayoral primary, as well as a vote on the Proposition A sales tax increase and on Proposition B, relating to a change in pensions.
Los Angeles Unified School District candidates:
- District 2
- Mónica García, the incumbent. Garcia is backed by the Coalition for School Reform.
- Isabel Vazquez
- Annamarie Montañez has been endorsed by the United Teachers Los Angeles.
- Abelardo Diaz has been endorsed by the United Teachers Los Angeles.
- Robert D. Skeels has been endorsed by the United Teachers Los Angeles.
- District 4
- District 6
- Los Angeles Unified School District elections (2013)
- March 5, 2013 election in California
- Local ballot measures, California
- Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
- Los Angeles Times, "N.Y. mayor gives $1 million to back L.A. school board slate," February 12, 2013
- Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, 2013 Municipal and LAUSD Election Disclosures
- Southern California Public Radio, "LA Unified school board race could break fundraising records this election," February 14, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013
- DailyNews, "15 candidates file to run for LAUSD school board seats," December 5, 2012
- DailyNews, "LAUSD board candidates plan for the job," March 4, 2011