Most LAUSD Races Will Head to Runoffs

Three out of four L.A. school board races are likely headed for runoffs in November, according to updated tallies from the county registrar.

In order to win outright, a candidate needs more than 50% of the vote. That only appears to be the case in District 7, where incumbent Tanya Ortiz Franklin garnered 55.92%.

In District 1, Sherlett Hendy Newbill leads with 25.74% of the vote. She’ll face off against Kahllid A. Al-Alim in November. He’s in second place with 20.15%.

District 1 is being vacated by George J. McKenna III, who announced his retirement from the school board last year. Newbill is his policy advisor. Al-Alim was initially supported by UTLA, but the union pulled its support after his history of antisemitic social media activity came to light.

District 3 will see a rematch between incumbent Scott Schmerelson (44.56%) and teacher Dan Chang (29.02%).

In District 5, it will be special education teacher Karla Griego vs. Huntington Park Councilmember and LAUSD Pupil Service Administrator Graciela “Grace” Ortiz. They took 36.72% and 28.75% of the vote respectively.

Board member Jackie Goldberg is retiring from District 5 after decades in public service, so this was a wide open race. Griego was the candidate endorsed by UTLA. Goldberg endorsed Cal State Los Angeles Professor Fidencio Gallardo, who came in third place.



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