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Johnson extends fundraising lead in bid for school board seat

LA School Report | May 23, 2014

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Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson


Alex Johnson has opened what is likely an insurmountable fund raising lead over the six other candidates running for the open LA Unified school board.

With the June 3 special election just 11 days away, he has raised $208,625 through the reporting period that ended last Saturday, according to the LA City Ethics Commission.

His total puts him far ahead of his closest competitor, George McKenna, who has raised $122,533 through the period, and nearly twice the $105,090 for the next closest, Genethia Hudley-Hayes

Of the three others who updated their contributions were the three UTLA-endorsed candidates — Hattie McFrazier ($16,428), Sherlett Hendy-Newbill ($14,927) and Rachel Johnson ($9,650). Omarosa Manigault‘s total of $21,340 from the first reporting period remains unchanged,

Overall, the candidates have raised $430,885.

Alex Johnson and McKenna are believed to be the front-runners in the race, based on two internal polls. But Hudley-Hayes has one advantage over both of them: She has more cash on hand, $66,326, to $45,206 for Johnson and only $4,711 for McKenna, according to the commission, and that could provide her more flexibility as the days count down.

A message left for Manigault to learn why she had not met the reporting deadline was not immediately returned.

* Adds McKenna filing figures.


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