Everything you need to know about today’s LAUSD election

Why is there an election?

Tuesday’s vote is a special election to fill a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education. It’s been vacant since July 2018 when board member Ref Rodriguez pleaded guilty to a campaign finance crimes and resigned.

Ten candidates were on the ballot in the March primary. None of them captured a majority, so the top two finishers are competing today.

Who’s running?

Jackie Goldberg, a veteran L.A. politician who has served on the school board, City Council and in the state Assembly.

Heather Repenning, who most recently served on the Los Angeles Board of Public Works and worked for Mayor Eric Garcetti when he was a councilman and early on during his mayoralty.

Who gets to vote?

In L.A. Unified, voters elect school board members by geography. This election is in Board District 5, an oddly shaped district that includes upscale areas in Silver Lake, Highland Park and Eagle Rock, as well as the lower-income cities southeast of downtown, like Bell, Huntington Park, South Gate and Cudahy. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-edu-lausd-district-5-election-live-results/#nws=mcnewsletter