Los Angeles Unified School District election attracts fierce competition; heads to the ballot in less than 5 days

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March 1, 2013

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2013 Los Angeles Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
May 21, 2013
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By Ballotpedia staff

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

According to reports, board members earn $45,600 a year or $26,000 if they also hold another job.[5][6]

If no candidate on the March 5, 2013 ballot receives a majority+1 vote, a runoff election will take place on May 21, 2013 between the two candidates who received the most votes on March 5, 2013.

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.

Read more about March 5 elections in California here.

Los Angeles Unified School District candidates:

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