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.