LAUSD candidates McKenna, Johnson set for election runoff
And now there are two. LAUSD school board candidates George McKenna and Alex Johnson outpolled five others in yesterday’s election, but neither reached a majority, moving them into an August runoff to fill LA Unified’s vacant District 1 seat. McKenna, 73, a career school administrator and early favorite to replace the late Marguerite LaMotte, was...
By Michael Janofsky | June 4, 2014
LAUSD school board candidates vote, then drum up support
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...
By LA School Report | June 3, 2014
After all the noise, turnout for school board race is uncertain
After the sudden death of LA Unified school board member Marguerite LaMotte nearly six months ago, her District 1 constituents have rallied inside and outside district headquarters, demanding representation on the board. Some wanted an immediate appointment to fill her seat. Others called for a special election. The latter group won out and tomorrow, residents...
By Vanessa Romo | June 2, 2014
Johnson, McKenna in strong last dash for cash in school board race
Alex Johnson maintained his fundraising lead in the LA Unified School board race over front runner George McKenna, in the third and final reporting period before tomorrow’s primary election. Overall, Johnson, 33, an aide to County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, has outraised McKenna, 72, a retired administrator with a national profile, by about $100,000. But in...
By LA School Report | June 2, 2014
Only Alex Johnson gets PAC money in school board race
With the the LA Unified school board special election only four days away, Alex Johnson is the only candidate of seven whose campaign is supported by independent expenditure committees, also known as super-PACS. So far, groups are spending more than $52,000 to get him elected, according to the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. These groups...
By Vanessa Romo | May 30, 2014
Johnson extends fundraising lead in bid for school board seat
* UPDATED 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...
By LA School Report | May 23, 2014
Polls suggest McKenna, Johnson heading for LAUSD election runoff
With less than two weeks before the special election to fill a vacant seat on the Los Angeles Unified school board, two candidates appear to be leading the field of seven, suggesting the probability of an August runoff. People familiar with two separate but consistent polls of likely voters conducted by professional firms said the two...
By LA School Report | May 22, 2014
To campaign or not? Tactics vary in LAUSD school board race
Not all of the seven candidates vying for the vacant seat on the Los Angeles Unified school board are turning up the heat as the special election on June 3 heads to the finish line. To reach voters in South LA’s District 1, which as been without a board member since Marguerite LaMotte died in December, four...
By LA School Report | May 19, 2014
Johnson wins an eclectic array of support for school board seat
* UPDATED Among the seven candidates running for LA Unified’s District 1 board seat, Alex Johnson, a senior deputy for LA County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas, is one of the most heavily endorsed candidates in the race. His long list of supporters may appear impressive, perhaps due to his boss’ powerful connections. But a closer look reveals...
By Yana Gracile | May 19, 2014
LAUSD candidates agree (!) on value of public charter schools
The latest forum for candidates running in a special election to fill the vacant seat in South LA’s District 1 produced unexpected agreement last night on some of the most volatile issues in public education. The four contenders who participated — Alex Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Genethia Hudley-Hayes and George McKenna — saw eye to eye on nearly every core issue...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | May 15, 2014