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L.A. school board field could be crowded

LAUSD President Monica Garcia in Feb.

Fifteen candidates have filed petitions to run in the March election for three seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education.

Wednesday afternoon was the filing deadline to turn in petitions, and seven candidates turned in their paperwork either Tuesday or Wednesday, which, for the moment, left a cloudy picture regarding the final ballot. Candidates must submit at least 500 valid signatures from voters in the district they wish to represent, and officials have not yet verified all submitted petitions.

The verified petitions included those of incumbents Monica Garcia and Steve Zimmer. A third incumbent, Nury Martinez, decided to leave the board and is widely expected to run for L.A. City Council.

Garcia’s District 2 stretches out from downtown. She will face as many as six challengers, based on filed petitions.

Zimmer’s District 4 moves north from the Westside to the south San Fernando Valley. He could face three challengers.

As many as five candidates will vie for the seat in District 6, which covers the east San Fernando Valley.


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Photo: LAUSD President Monica Garcia in February. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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