Jackie Goldberg, a favorite of the teachers’ union and critic of charter schools, won the largest share of votes in Tuesday’s school board primary to represent the Eastside, according to preliminary results.
However, despite a sizeable lead over nine other competitors, Goldberg, 74, who lives in Elysian Heights, will probably need to compete in a runoff against the second-place vote-getter after failing to win at least 50% of the vote.
Goldberg garnered more than 48% of the vote in the race for the District 5 board seat, according to unofficial results from the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. That was far ahead of second place candidate Graciela “Grace” Ortiz with 13.30% and Heather Repenning, who was endorsed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, with 13.09% of the ballots, according to preliminary results.
Goldberg is well known in local educational and political circles. The former teacher has serviced twice before on the school board and has also served on the City Council, representing Council District 13, and the state legislature.
The results are not official until all outstanding ballots are counted and certified.
A runoff is scheduled for May 14.
Tuesday’s special election was held to fill a vacancy left opened after pro-charter board president Ref Rodriguez resigned after pleading guilty to a felony charge related to campaign fundraising violations.
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