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LAUSD school board candidates vote, then drum up support

LA School Report | June 3, 2014

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As voters head to the polls today, candidates running for LA Unified District 1 board seat were making last-minute pushes to reach voters and promote their message.

Seven candidates are competing for a seat that has been vacant since December, and only an outright winner, with more than 50 percent of the vote, can assume board duties right away. Otherwise, the top two voter getters will face off in an August final.

Before heading off to work this morning, teacher Sherlett Hendy-Newbill was at the polls to vote, and later, hit the campaign trail before class to drum up support.

Hendy-Newbill walked the streets and encouraged folks in the community to make sure they vote. She asked them if they knew the location of their polling places and offered them rides. About 35 volunteers are helping her spread the word.

Alex Johnson, an education aide to LA Country Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, voted this morning at the Tom Bradley Youth Center on Pico Boulevard. He was also using the closing hours to get votes as he made his rounds in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles.

He greeted parents at Castle Heights Elementary School as they brought their children to classes this morning. He urged them to vote and support his candidacy.

Later, Johnson greeted patrons at Pann’s restaurant in Ladera Heights, reminding them to vote and joining them for coffee. Next, he was planning visits to his campaign headquarters to join volunteers and staff on his phone bank, his alma mater, LACES High School, to visit with parents as they arrive to pick up their children; and later at the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters to thank them for their support and endorsement.

Among the other candidates, teacher Rachel Johnson cast her vote early this morning and headed to teach class during the final week of school before summer break. She said she plans to watch the election results tonight surrounded by her friends and family.

The other candidates running are George McKenna, Hattie McFrazier, Omarosa Manigault and Genethia Hudley-Hayes.

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