Lynwood Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Lynwood Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Lynwood Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Two seats on the School Board for Lynwood Unified School District were up for district wide elections held on November 5, 2013. Alma-Delia Renteria and Alfonso Morales defeated [[Linda M. George], Arturo Ramos, Edwin R. Jacinto and Alejandra Becerra for two at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Lynwood Unified School District, California
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Lynwood Unified School District is located in central Los Angeles County, California in Lynwood, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 69,772 residents.[1]


Lynwood underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Lynwood was $41,875 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 4.6% of Lynwood residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Lynwood was 21.6% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 49.1% of Lynwood residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Lynwood (%) California (%)
White 39.3 57.6
Black or African American 10.8 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 0.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.4
Two or More Races 3.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 86.6 37.6

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[4]

Method of board member selection

Lynwood Unified School District Board of Education consists of five members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least two members, but no more than three are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The three remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]




Election results

On November 5, 2013, Alma-Delia Renteria and Alfonso Morales defeated four challenging candidates for two seats on the Lynwood Unified Board of Education.

Lynwood Unified School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlma-Delia Renteria 23.4% 1,164
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlfonso Morales Incumbent 20.4% 1,016
     Nonpartisan Linda M. George 19.4% 967
     Nonpartisan Arturo Ramos 18.6% 926
     Nonpartisan Edwin R. Jacinto 13.8% 685
     Nonpartisan Alejandra "Aly" Becerra 4.3% 215
Total Votes 4,973
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns," accessed December 12, 2013

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.


Candidate Alma-Delia Renteria received endorsements from SEIU Local 99, the Los Angeles County AFL-CIO and the CSEA Chapter 116. Linda M. George received official endorsements from California Assemblyman Isadore Hall, Lynwood Teachers Association and the Lynwood chapter of the CSEA. Arturo Ramos received official endorsements from Lynwood Teachers Association, Lynwood Mayor Rachel Chavez and Lynwood Teacher and former board member Domitila Aguilar.[6]

Past elections


On November 8, 2011, three seats on the Lynwood Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Jose Luis Solache, Briseida Gonzalez and Maria G. Lopez defeated two challengers.

Lynwood Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJose Luis Solache 24.7% 1,658
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBriseida Gonzalez 23% 1,544
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria G. Lopez 20.4% 1,367
     Nonpartisan Arturo Ramos 16.2% 1,086
     Nonpartisan Marvin Aceves 15.6% 1,046
Total Votes 6,701
Source: Smart, "Governing Board Member; Lynwood Unified School District Voter Information" Accessed October 2, 2013

What was at stake?

Two at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only incumbent Alfonso Morales filed seeking re-election.


Textbook theft ring

On September 5, 2013, thirteen school district employees from the Los Angeles Unified, Bellflower Unified, Inglewood Unified and Lynwood Unified school districts were indicted on charges of embezzlement and accepting bribes. These charges stem from an investigation which revealed Corey Frederick and the operators of "Doorkeeper Textz" would bribe these school district employees in exchange for textbooks acquired from the school districts. The textbooks were then sold back to the school districts or through online outlets such as Amazon or Bookbyte. A librarian in the Lynwood Unified School District, Veronica Clanton Higgins, was indicted on September 18 on charges that she accepted $14,000 in checks from Frederick.[7][8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Lynwood Unified School District election in 2013:[9]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.[10]

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