LAUSD Election Pits Longtime Politician Against Ex-Mayoral Aide

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On May 14, voters will choose between two candidates for the vacant seat representing LAUSD's Board District 5: former state Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg and Heather Repenning, a former aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The last board member to hold the Board District 5 seat, Ref Rodriguez, resigned last July after pleading guilty to felony campaign finance charges.

By the time Rodriguez stepped down, it was too late to add an election for the open seat to the November 2018 ballot — and the remaining six board members could not agree on a temporary replacement. So the board left the seat vacant, voting only to call a special election in the spring.