How will this LAUSD school board election differ from District 5’s last race? Will January’s teacher strike boost turnout? Experts answer these questions, and more, about Tuesday’s vote

On Tuesday, L.A. Unified’s Board District 5 will hold a special election to fill a school board seat that’s been vacant since last year, potentially determining whether the board swings more pro-reform or more pro-union.

The board district’s students — who are nearly 90 percent Latino — haven’t had a representative since last July, when education reformer Ref Rodríguez resigned after pleading guilty to political money laundering charges. The race is packed with 10 candidates, seven of whom are Latino. Though the board district, known as BD5, was drawn to help elect a Latino, the largest fundraisers thus far are white candidates: former L.A. City official Heather Repenning, former charter school executive Allison Greenwood Bajracharya and former board member and union-backed charter critic Jackie Goldberg. Huntington Park councilwoman Graciela Ortíz has raised the most campaign funds of the Latino candidates.

Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The public can check the county registrar website for election results starting between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed, adding that the site will then be updated about twice an hour. Mail-in ballots received before Election Day will be counted in those initial updates, he said. Click here to read more: