L.A. school board election: Garcia, Zimmer hold early leads
In the Los Angeles school board election, two-term incumbent Monica Garcia was leading strongly in early results Tuesday night in District 2, while Antonio Sanchez took an early lead for the vacant District 6 seat, and one-term incumbent Steve Zimmer led in the race for District 4.
The school board race attracted national money and attention, becoming a battle over the reform policies of Supt. John Deasy.
In the most expensive battle, Zimmer garnered the support of the teachers union and other employee unions against parent and attorney Kate Anderson, who is backed by the Coalition for School Reform, a political action committee spearheaded by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The coalition amassed a war chest that surpassed $3.8 million in support of candidates considered Deasy allies: Garcia, Anderson and Sanchez.
Monica Ratliff, a former attorney who became a teacher, trailed Sanchez in District 6, which is in the east San Fernando Valley. The early results, however, appear to show the two could be headed for a runoff.
-- Stephen Ceasar
Photo: Steve Zimmer hugs friend and supporter Sharon Delugach as he arrives at an election-night party in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times