In L.A. school board runoff, two vie for 2nd place — with 35 votes separating them

The margin to win the second spot in a runoff against Jackie Goldberg for a Los Angeles school board seat has shrunk to 35 votes, with Heather Repenning just ahead of Graciela Ortiz. Fewer than 100 votes remain to be counted, with the official tally set to resume Friday.

The tightness of the race, a special election to fill a vacant seat, increases the possibility of a recount.

The outcome could be pivotal on a seven-member Board of Education that has been split on how to deal with privately operated charter schools as well as with district campuses that have low standardized test scores or other markers of poor performance.

One spot in the runoff belongs to Goldberg, a former teacher and school board member who also served on the L.A. City Council and in the state Legislature. She finished far ahead in the March 5 primary, with more than 48% of the vote. Click here to read more: