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L.A. school board incumbents nearing victory, open seat still up for grabs

March 9, 2011 |  1:12 am

With most ballots counted early Wednesday morning, initial trends held in the contests over four seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education. Three incumbents were headed to easy victories and the race to represent District 5 still appeared headed for a runoff.

In District 1, covering south and southwest L.A., Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte remained far ahead of challenger Eric Lee. In District 3, in the west San Fernando Valley, Tamar Galatzan had considerably more votes than Louis Pugliese. And in District 7, stretching across the South Bay and South Los Angeles, Richard Vladovic easily outpaced Roye Love.

In the open seat, District 5, Luis Sanchez claimed first place, followed by Bennett Kayser. But Sanchez didn’t appear likely to win a majority. Third-place finisher John Fernandez was doing well enough to help force a runoff between Sanchez and Kayser.

-- Howard Blume

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