Ballot-Counting Continues in LAUSD Board Race

Vote-counting continued Wednesday in the special election to fill the vacant District 5 seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, with former board member Jackie Goldberg leading the race but thus far short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff.

Goldberg led the 10-candidate field in Tuesday’s election with 48.26 percent of the vote, according to semi-official results released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Huntington Park City Councilwoman Graciela “Grace” Ortiz held a 53-vote lead over Heather Repenning, a former teacher and aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti, in the race for second. If Goldberg does not receive a majority when all the ballots are counted, she will face the second-place finisher in a runoff May 14.

Ortiz had 13.3 percent of the vote, Repenning 13.09 percent.

It was unclear exactly how many ballots still need to be tallied. An updated vote count will be released Friday, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan said. Click here to read more: