Pasadena Unified runoff election on Tuesday

Voters in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre go to the polls Tuesday for a Pasadena Unified school board election.

The single school board race on the ballot is a runoff election between incumbent board member Tom Selinske and challenger Sean Baggett. Selinske’s a Pasadena businessman who wants to improve schools by calling on public and private groups for help. Baggett says he’d turn around Pasadena Unified’s low-performing schools by doing away with class size increases from recent years.

Baggett received campaign donations from current school board members Ramon Miramontes and Scott Phelps. The Pasadena Patriots, a group affiliated with the Tea Party, also supports him.

The Pasadena Weekly reported last month, a few weeks after the primary election, that Baggett has a drunk driving arrest on his record that led to a reckless driving conviction. Baggett says he took care of a $1,400 fine a judge ordered; he’s said the coverage of his arrest was politically motivated.

Whoever wins will join the seven-member Pasadena Unified board as it handles large budget cuts. The new board will also hire a new superintendent to replace Edwin Diaz, who announced his retirement in February.

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