At least nine of the 17 individuals who filed to run for the upcoming special election for LA Unified’s vacant school board seat have qualified to enter the race.
Four more candidates met Wednesday’s deadline to submit signatures of support, but the city had not yet verified them.
The winner will fill out the term of Ref Rodríguez, serving only a year and a half, and will likely be a swing vote on the seven-member board.
As of Wednesday night, the candidates on the March 5 ballot in Board District 5 are:
• Eduardo Cisneros, director of National Census Program for NALEO Educational Fund and former field director for former LA Unified board member Yolie Flores
• Ana Cubas, nonprofit executive, former chief of staff to Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar and candidate for Los Angeles City Council District 9 in 2013
• Jackie Goldberg, former LA Unified board member and retired teacher
• Cynthia Gonzalez, principal at Diego Rivera Learning Complex
• Allison Greenwood Bajracharya, an LA Unified parent and Camino Nuevo Charter Schools’ chief of operations
• Graciela “Grace” Ortiz, Huntington Park councilwoman
• Salvador “Chamba” Sanchez, Los Angeles City College professor and community activist
• Heather Repenning, City of Los Angeles commissioner and LA Unified parent
• David Valdez, Los Angeles County arts commissioner