Posted by Steven Levin on March 04, 2015 at 7:19 PM
CCSA Advocates is proud to report that all four candidates endorsed by CCSA Advocates in the March 3 LAUSD primary election have either won outright or advanced into the May 19 runoff election. In particular, we are excited about the results of Board District 5, where voters sent Dr. Ref Rodriguez into the runoff against incumbent Bennett Kayser, and the results of Board District 3, where current Board member Galatzan will take on challenger Scott Schmerelson in the May 19 runoff. We believe that these results show the power of parents, teachers and students who are seeking to improve LAUSD.
In Board District 5, voters sent Dr. Ref Rodriguez into a runoff with the incumbent, Bennett Kayser, who has voted against nearly every charter school that has come before the board. Dr. Rodriguez came in first place with almost 40% of the vote - 3 points more than Mr. Kayser - in a race that also included challenger Andrew Thomas. The stakes in this race are very high for charter schools, as evidenced by this recent LA Weekly article on Kayser’s relentless opposition to charter schools.
In Board District 3, Tamar Galatzan, the incumbent representing much of the San Fernando Valley, came in first place with 39.34% of the vote - almost twice the number of votes as the nearest candidate. She moved into a runoff election against Scott Schmerelson, an LAUSD educator, counselor and administrator who received 20.06 percent of the vote in a crowded race with four other challengers.
CCSA Advocates also endorsed Dr. Richard Vladovic, the current Board president representing Board District 7, who moved into a runoff with Lydia Gutierez, a teacher in Long Beach Unified School District.
Dr. George McKenna, also endorsed by CCSA Advocates, who ran unopposed in Board District 1, was re-elected. We are glad to report his success and we look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with Dr. McKenna.