Posted by Steven Levin on March 09, 2017 at 10:55 AM
After months of working hard to elect candidates who value a parent’s right to choose the best school for their child, the unofficial results of the March 7 Los Angeles Unified school board elections are in and they show success for CCSA Advocates’ endorsed candidates.
We’re very excited to celebrate the re-election of Monica Garcia to the LAUSD Board of Education, representing Board District 2. We believe this win validates Garcia’s deep roots in the community and her commitment to serving all students.
Kelly Fitzpatrick-Gonez exceeded expectations coming in first in a crowded field, demonstrating that voters in the Northeast San Fernando Valley are impressed by this classroom teacher who has dedicated her life to serving students in the community that she grew up in.
We also saw a strong performance from the reform candidates in Board District 4; Steve Zimmer was kept under 50%, demonstrating that Westside voters are interested in change. Nick Melvoin placed second and will carry that mantle into the general election.
LAUSD District 2 – CCSA Advocates endorsed Monica Garcia, who secured 57.72% of the vote and has won re-election! Her closest competitor was Lisa Alva, who won 32.48% of the vote. Carl J. Petersen received 9.80%. Monica has been a champion for all students, and we are eager to continue working with her for another five and a half years to ensure that charter students and families have access to high-quality schools.
LAUSD District 4 – Voters selected our endorsed candidate, Nick Melvoin, with 31.22% of the vote and incumbent Steve Zimmer with 47.49% to advance to the general election on May 16. Our other endorsed candidate, Allison Holdorff Polhill won 14.46%, while Gregory Martayan received 6.83% of the vote.
LAUSD District 6 – We also endorsed Kelly Fitzpatrick-Gonez, who came in first, earning 36.13% of the vote; she will advance to the May 16 general election. Imelda Padilla came in second place with 31.04%, and will also be in the run-off election. Voters gave Patty Lopez 12.88%, Araz Parseghian 9.11%, Gwendolyn R. Posey 5.73%, and Jose Sandoval 5.10% of the vote.
You took action and your voices were heard!
Thank you to our parents, students, alumni, and school leaders who volunteered to support our candidates; your phone calls and canvassing of voters had a tremendous impact on each campaign. We appreciate your support to create a more reform-minded LAUSD Board of Education. As we all know well, elections have consequences and you are doing your part to ensure our elected leaders support charter students.
Our work is not done.
Yesterday’s elections were not just about winning seats on the LAUSD board; they were about a vision of ensuring there is a public school system in which all district and charter students have access to high-quality public schools.
The top two candidates in Board Districts 4 and 6 will face off in the general election on May 16. We strongly encourage you to get involved by connecting your families with our CCSA Families’ parent organizers, by participating in our PAC, and volunteering to phone bank and canvass voters. Email us to get involved.
Runoffs appear likely in two of three pivotal L.A. school board contests (Los Angeles Times, 3/07/17)
LA Election Results: Zimmer, Melvoin leading in LAUSD’s District 4 race (Los Angeles Daily News, 3/07/17)
LA Election Results: Gonez, Padilla leading in LAUSD’s District 6 race (Los Angeles Daily News, 3/07/17)