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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Final election results show Kayser beats Sanchez in school board race

Bennett Kayser (left) & Luis Sanchez

The final tally released late this afternoon by the City Clerk showed that Silver Lake resident and retired teacher Bennett Kayser garnered 600 more votes than rival Luis Sanchez in the race for the 5th District school board seat, an election financed with large donations by the teachers’ union and allies of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Kayser, who was backed by the teacher’s union, got 10,471 votes or 51.44% in the election to replaces Yolie Flores, who decided against seeking reelection. Sanchez, chief of staff to school board president Monica Flores, garnered 10, 139 votes. Sanchez, who lives in El Sereno,  had been supported by Villaraigosa. The 5th district covers an area stretching from Silver Lake and Echo Park to El Sereno and East Los Angeles.

The election was held May 17 but the City Clerk finished counting provisional and mail-in ballots today.

Related posts:

  • Teachers’ union candidate wins  school board seat. L.A. Times
  • Former teacher Bennett Kayser declared winner. KPCC
  • Kayser, Svonkin Lead As Computer Recount Winds Down. Patch


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  1. This is a blow to the corporate interests trying to destroy public education. I hope Mr. Kayser is up to the task. Sleazy Deasy who bought his PhD from a man who is now in jail for fraud is turning our schools over to private charters and privatizing special education, among other nasty deeds. We are living in scary times for public education and public unions in general. The rich would have us believe that it’s the unions that are bleeding the public dry when it is the gazillionaires who are doing so. Best wishes to Mr. Kayser!

  2. Congratulations, Bennett!!!

  3. Thank God!

  4. What a triumph! Hear hear!

  5. Congratulations to Bennett. I wish him well as he works hard to represent the children and parents of the 5th District.

    It is a major task that I am confident he will do well in his capacity as the new board member.

    JOSE SIGALA

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