Annamarie Montañez

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Annamarie Montañez
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Candidate for
Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District, District 2
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern California
Master'sUniversity of La Verne
Campaign website
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Annamarie Montañez was a 2013 candidate seeking election to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board representing District 2. She was defeated by incumbent Mónica García.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Southern California
  • Master's in Education, University of La Verne



See also: Los Angeles Unified School District elections (2013)

Montañez ran in the 2013 election for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board, representing District 2. Montañez faced Abelardo Diaz, Robert D. Skeels, Isabel Vazquez, and incumbent Mónica García in the primary election on March 5, 2013.

Los Angeles Unified School District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMónica García Incumbent 55.8% 19,300
     Nonpartisan Isabel Vazquez 10.1% 3,480
     Nonpartisan Annamarie Montañez 11.8% 4,093
     Nonpartisan Abelardo Diaz 7.1% 2,448
     Nonpartisan Robert D. Skeels 15.2% 5,244
Total Votes 34,565
Source: Office of the City Clerk of Los Angeles These results are final.


A full list of endorsements is available on Montañez's website (dead link).


Candidate Campaign contributions Personal funds Indpt. expenditures in support Indpt. expenditures opposed
Abelardo Diaz $3,916.08 $1,422.61 $7,180.43 $0
Monica Garcia $429,745.29 $0 $1,210,250.86 $111,354.85
Annamarie Montañez $9,273.00 $5,000.00 $8,181.93 $0
Robert D Skeels $19,009.56 $6,025.00 $7,180.44 $0
Isabel Vazquez $15,228.00 $0 $0 $0
Campaign contributions and personal funds as reported through February 27, 2013 in the required filings with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Independent expenditures are continually updated by the Commission. They were last updated here March 5, 2013. Source: Los Angeles City Ethics Commission[2]

Campaign literature

During the 2013 campaign, Montañez's campaign registered 6 pieces of campaign literature with the City of Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. The campaign literature included 2 emails, a flyer, a sign, a mailer, and a telephone script.[3]

Among independent expenditure groups, a political action committee associated with the United Teachers Los Angeles registered one mailer in support of Montañez. No independent groups had yet registered any literature opposing Montañez.[4]



The following questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles:[5]

1. What is the single most important issue facing LAUSD today? As a Board Member, what would you do to deal with it?[5]

"Inadequate state funding is having the greatest impact on the challenges facing the Los Angeles Unified School District. California is currently ranked 49th in the Nation in per pupil educational spending, this is unacceptable. In order for our schools to be successful, they must receive adequate funding to provide educators with the resources every classroom and student needs. As a Board Member, I would work diligently and aggressively with the State Legislature to revisit the way public education is funded in California. I would partner with other school districts, elected officials and community groups to ensure that this issue is prioritized."

2. How would you prioritize your local constituency in overseeing LAUSD management, setting District policy, and day-to-day decision-making?[5]

"I would plan monthly forums to serve as platforms for the community to discuss and listen to current issues facing our local schools. By ensuring school board meetings are held at times when working parents and educators can attend. And also by moving the location of board meetings to accommodate the constituents throughout the District."

3. What experience in general management, fiscal management, and budgetary oversight would you bring to the job of Board Member?[5]

"My experience includes serving on an adult school budget committee that determined expenditures of 4 million dollars and aligned money to directly support classroom instruction. I also coordinated a program for English language learners that brought thousands of dollars of additional revenues that contributed to teacher jobs and increasing class offerings."

4. How should LAUSD deal with its rapidly increasing costs for retiree and employee health care?[5]

"Revisiting the collective bargaining agreements of school employees to determine new guidelines for newly hired employees. Bargain effectively with HMOs and health care providers to collaborate on cost saving measures."

5. What part should standardized testing play in LAUSD's educational programs?[5]

"Test scores should inform instruction, and also pose serious questions to the quality of instructional pedagogy, curriculum, and operations of a school. Learning can not happen in confusion, or a void, and we must use assessment data to inform and identify trends and strategies for improvement."

Arts for LA survey

Montañez completed the candidate survey from Arts for LA, a group advocating greater investment in the arts. She expressed her support for arts education and advocated increasing the time available for arts instruction by reducing the number of required standardized tests.[6]

Candidate forums

District 2 candidates participated in several forums dating back to October 2012. Videos of the October 17, 2012 forum[7], the November 15, 2012 forum, and the February 13, 2013 forum are available on YouTube.[8]

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