Charter Advocates Win LAUSD Election and Board Majority

With Nick Melvoin’s and Kelly Gonez’ wins in Districts 4 and 6 of Los Angeles Unified on Tuesday, the state’s largest school district now has a charter majority school board.

The two join District 2's Monica Garcia and District 5's Ref Rodriguez as charter-favorites on the seven-member school board.

However, both races were extremely tight, as should be expected for races with millions of dollars backing each candidate.

In District 4, Melvoin received 30,696 votes while incumbent Steve Zimmer came up short with 22,766 votes. In District 6, Gonez received 13,079 votes while Imelda Padilla received 12,331 votes—a difference of about 700 votes.

But what does this mean for LAUSD? We’re not really sure, only time will tell what kind of changes we can anticipate to see for the 600,000 student school district.

The two new members take their seats on the board on July 1.