Zimmer, Kayser back McKenna; Villaraigosa in for Johnson
Endorsements in the District 1 school board race continued to pile up today as two LA Unified board members jumped on the George McKenna bandwagon, and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa weighed in for Alex Johnson. Steve Zimmer and Bennett Kayser appeared at a news conference outside City Hall this morning to offer their strong support for...
By Vanessa Romo | July 29, 2014
In LAUSD board race, McKenna extends his victory over Johnson
George McKenna‘s victory in the June 3 school board race has inched up since the initial election ballots were counted, new results show. According to the latest update from the LA County clerk’s office, released yesterday, McKenna finished with 19,802 votes — 4,360 more than the unofficial results that were announced hours after the polls closed....
By LA School Report | June 24, 2014
Labor groups split on support for McKenna and Johnson in runoff
The battle for LA Unified’s open District 1 board seat is playing out not only among voters in the district, but also within the city’s labor unions. Both candidates in the Aug. 12 runoff, George McKenna and Alex Johnson, have drawn considerable labor support. But a substantial split suggests that this is a typical election...
By LA School Report | June 16, 2014
Hendy-Newbill endorses McKenna in the District 1 runoff
Sherlett Hendy-Newbill, the Dorsey High teacher who finished third in the District 1 school board race, is throwing her support behind George McKenna in the August runoff. McKenna, a former administrator, was the top vote getter in the June 3 primary, with 43.7 percent of the vote. He will face the runner-up, Alex Johnson, an...
By LA School Report | June 11, 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
Alex Johnson has connections; now he needs the votes
Fifth in a series of profiles of candidates for LA Unified’s open District 1 board seat. At 33 years old, Alex Johnson is the youngest of eight candidates running for the open LA Unified school board District 1 seat. He has raised the most money of anyone in the field. He has the support of...
By Yana Gracile | May 9, 2014
Close on issues, District 1 candidates flashing personalities
The Ward A.M.E. Church in South LA was packed for a Wednesday night. But the people filing through doors weren’t there to talk about Jesus (though his name did come up). They were there to talk about the race for LA Unified School Board District 1. Sherlett Hendy-Newbill, Alex Johnson, Genethia Hudley-Hayes and George McKenna — the...
By Vanessa Romo | May 8, 2014
Rachel Johnson has experience, if not cash, for school board race
In keeping with the start of the baseball season this week, let’s use a baseball analogy: Rachel Johnson has a Hall of Fame batting average in running for office. Since 2001 when she was first elected as the City Clerk of Gardena, Johnson has run four successful campaigns for elected office — a second term for...
By Vanessa Romo | April 2, 2014
Alex Johnson opens wide lead in fundraising for District 1 seat
The money chase is on. Through the first reporting period for LA Unified’s open District 1 board seat, Alex Johnson has opened a wide margin over the other six candidates in the race. Johnson, an education aide to LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who has backing from his boss, as well as former congresswoman Diane Watson and...
By LA School Report | March 25, 2014
LAUSD District 1 election still open to write in candidates
While the ballot order for the seven qualified candidates has been set for the June 3 special election to fill the LA Unified District 1 seat, there’s still a chance for other candidates to compete. The City Clerk’s office today explained the way a write-in candidate could join the campaign. Here’s how: Any write-in candidate...
By LA School Report | March 19, 2014