School board race may finally be decided

Bennett Kayser (left) & Luis Sanchez

Last week’s 5th District school board election pitting Bennett Kayser of Silver Lake and Luis Sanchez of El Sereno was too close to call, leaving both candidates and their supporters to wait for the City Clerk to finish tallying up all the votes. But the wait might soon come to an end after the City Clerk’s office prepares to conduct a final tally of outstanding ballots on Thursday. According to preliminary results for the May 17 election, Kayser, a retired teacher backed by the teachers’ union,  garnered about 300 more votes than Sanchez, who is supported by a committee organized by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  However, those results do not include about 13,700 provisional and mail-in ballots that were cast across the city on several races, according to a spokesman for City Clerk’s Election Division.  The clerk’s staff has spent the past week reviewing those ballots in preparation for a final count by computer, which begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Piper Technical Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The public is invited to attend the final tally. However, a spokesman warned that the public and candidates might face another wait. The last such tally, he said, took the better part of the day to finish.

Related posts:

Bennett Kayser leads Luis Sanchez in school board race. L.A. Times
Bennett Kayser looks to win school board race. Patch
L.A. school board runoff grows expensive and contentious. L.A. Times

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  1. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Bennett.

  2. It is wise of the Eastsider to be cautious about this election, as LAUSD District 5 has a notorious reputation for close races, the fact that former LAUSD rep. David Tokofsky might testify to. Despite the best effort of MALDEF to pack the district, some how a Latino doesn’t win the election. Here’s an idea: Maybe the voters here (on the East Side)— whether they are White or Brown, aren’t motivated racially when they step into the ballot box.

  3. Let me just chime in and say that Luis Sanchez drove me crazy the month running up to this election. At least 5 days a week I got a Sanchez flyer in the mail. I kid you not. Such a waste of paper. Every single piece was hate mail toward Kayser. I finally had to track down the mailing source and demand to be taken of their list. It bummed me out to the point where I just wanted to vote for Kayser out of spite. Hate mail does not win you elections.

  4. hb…

    Really? I got way more hate mail from Kayser about Sanchez than I got from Sanchez about Kayser.

    Too bad they both can’t lose!!!

  5. Oookla – That’s really interesting! I wonder if we’re targeted according to our neighborhood? I didn’t receive a single piece of mail from Kayser, good or bad.

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