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Commentary: 3 Races Instead of 2

Alexander Russo | November 16, 2012

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One of the most interesting things about Hillel Aron’s new LA Weekly profile about the race for District 4 (Can Kate Anderson Fix LAUSD?) is that Anderson was recruited to run against incumbent Board member Steve Zimmer.

Defeating Zimmer may not be particularly difficult if he’s left hanging in the wind by UTLA, who isn’t particularly enamored with him, either.

But Zimmer has regularly (if not automatically) voted with the Monica Garcia-led block of board members. And in running a challenger against Zimmer, reformers have put themselves in the position of having to win all three of the March school board races in order to retain control of LAUSD rather than focusing on protecting Board president Monica Garcia and winning the open seat being vacated by Nury Martinez. I’ll be curious to see how it all works out.

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