Candidates file for LA Unified board seats

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Superintendent of Schools Ramon Cortines (center) and other members of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education meet on April 19, 2009 to discuss a proposal to eliminate thousands of jobs in hopes of closing a $718 million budget gap.

And they’re off. Nineteen people have filed their intent to run for seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.

Three of the candidates are incumbents: Tamar Galatzan, Marguerite LaMotte and Richard Vladovic.

Six people filed against Galatzan for her San Fernando Valley board seat.

Two people filed for LaMotte’s South LA seat.

Another two filed to run against Vladovic as the San Pedro-to-Watts representative.

Yolie Flores isn’t running for re-election to her Eagle Rock-to- Huntington Park seat. Six people filed to replace her.

To get their names on the March election ballot, all of them have until Dec. 8 to gather 1,000 signatures from voters in the district — or half that amount and a $300 filing fee.

However, that’s not even close to the amount of money some candidates will raise to get elected. Last year Monica Garcia raised the most: $156,000 for her reelection. She was unopposed.

Three years ago Tamar Galatzan raised nearly $3 million to defeat an incumbent supported by the teachers union.

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