LA Unified incumbents win re-election

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Voters in L.A. Unified’s school board elections yesterday returned three incumbents to the board.

Incumbents Marguerite LaMotte, Tamar Galatzan and Richard Vladovic won re-election by overwhelming margins. Four of L.A. Unified’s seven school board seats were up for grabs.

There will be a runoff for the only open seat, the Los Feliz-to-South Gate District 5. Current L.A. Unified school board staffer Luis Sanchez fell short of a majority and will run against former L.A. Unified teacher Bennett Kayser in June.

More money poured into that race than any other in this school board election. Groups independent of those two candidates spent $1.25 million to support or oppose those two candidates.

The Service Employees International Union Local 99 and allies of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa supported Sanchez. United Teachers Los Angeles supported Kayser.

The election doesn’t change the balance of power on the school board. Allies of Villaraigosa’s pro-charter school, teacher improvement policies retain a majority on the board.