Meet the 10 candidates running for LAUSD school board in District 5

The 10 candidates in the race for L.A. Unified’s vacant school board seat are in full swing participating in community forums and other public events as the March 5 special election approaches.

The new board member for Board District 5 will represent about 100,000 students in some very different communities: from the heavily Latino southeast cities — including Huntington Park, Maywood and Bell — and from the more affluent neighborhoods north of downtown — like Silver Lake, Eagle Rock and Los Feliz. District 5 has the second-highest concentration of Latino students, representing almost 89 percent of the student population. Of the 10 candidates, seven are Latinos.

If no one gets more than 50 percent of the votes next month, a runoff election between the top two candidates will be held May 14. The new board member will serve only a year and a half and will likely be a swing vote on the seven-member board. Of the 10 candidates, only a couple have been vocal about their opposition to  independent charter schools, while the rest have stayed away from taking a position. Click here to read more: