Jackie Goldberg Appears Headed for a Runoff In LAUSD Board Election; Second Place Is Too Close To Call

Last August, Jackie Goldberg lobbied hard to be re-appointed to a gig she last held 27 years ago: L.A. Unified School Board member.

At the time, the veteran of local politics in L.A. said she’d be willing to serve in the role temporarily, at least until voters elected a permanent replacement for Ref Rodriguez. Rodriguez had recently resigned his LAUSD board seat amid a campaign finance scandal.

But when the LAUSD board voted to turn Goldberg away, board member George McKenna saw what was coming next for the former L.A. City Councilor and State Assembly member.

McKenna speculated Goldberg might just run in the special election for the seat.

“If she runs, c’est formidable,” McKenna, a New Orleans native, predicted in Cajun French. “She will be far more formidable than if you appoint her.”

Goldberg did run. She got the backing of United Teachers Los Angeles. And she has proven formidable.

With 100 percent of the 112 precincts reporting, Goldberg received more than 48 percent of the vote. Keep in mind that’s in a crowded field with nine other candidates vying to represent LAUSD Board District 5, which covers parts of northeast and southeast L.A.

That total ensures Goldberg will advance to a May 14 runoff between the top two finishers. Goldberg would need more than 50 percent of the vote to win the seat outright and avoid a runoff. The vote count won’t be finalized until all mail-in ballots are tallied.

The nail-biter race is for second place. Click here to read more: https://laist.com/2019/03/05/lausd_board_district_5_special_election.php