Updated election returns released Friday showed former LAUSD board member Jackie Goldberg maintaining her wide lead but still falling just short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff in her bid to claim a vacant seat on the school board.
According to the updated tally released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, Goldberg has 48.45 percent of the vote from Tuesday’s special election to fill the vacant District 5 seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District board.
If she fails to earn 50 percent of the vote, she will be forced into a May 14 runoff election against the second-place finisher. The race for second place is still too close to call, but Friday’s updated results showed Heather Repenning — a former teacher and aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti — moving into second place with 13.17 percent of the vote.
Huntington Park City Councilwoman Graciela “Grace” Ortiz had been in second place when unofficial results were released late Tuesday night, but her 53-vote lead evaporated in the updated count. Results now show Repenning with a 133-vote lead over Ortiz. Click here to read more: https://mynewsla.com/education/2019/03/08/jackie-goldberg-in-la-school-board-race-runoff-shes-just-short-of-majority/