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After last night's fiery mayoral debate, we wonder if other LA elections will be as tempestuous. The Los Angeles Times doesn't seem to think the upcoming school board elections will be as contentious.

For the first time in three elections, it appears there will be no contentious and expensive face-off next year for control of the Los Angeles Board of Education: Two of the three board members up for reelection did not have opponents until shortly before the Saturday filing deadline, and neither of the last-minute filers was supported by the two organizations that long have battled for control of the school board.

Other Los Angeles offices to be contested in March are mayor, city attorney, controller, eight City Council seats and three community college trusteeships.

In all, 79 candidates have filed declarations since Monday for 16 offices.

Other contests include the race to succeed 11th District Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, who is barred from seeking reelection because of term limits. The Westside district is the only council race that will not have an incumbent on the ballot.