LAUSD District 3: What We Know So Far
RESULTS: EARLY RETURNS
(Last updated 11:58 p.m. Tuesday)
Keep in mind that even after all precincts have been counted, there will still be ballots to count. In some cases, it could be weeks before the official outcome is clear.
|Scott Mark Schmerelson*||20,922||43.08%|
ABOUT THIS RACE
Since January, charter school advocates have spent more than $2.6 million on attack ads in this yearâ€™s Los Angeles Unified School Board races. Never before has an LAUSD primary seen more negative advertising.
And no candidate has been hit harder than incumbent LAUSD board member Scott Schmerelson.
The California Charter Schools Associationâ€™s political arm has endorsed a challenger, Marilyn Koziatek, and also poured more than $1 million into ads attacking Schmerelson.
One CCSA ad portrayed Schmerelson, whoâ€™s Jewish, in gold chains with a fanned-out wad of cash. Schmerelsonâ€™s campaign has called that mailer â€œanti-Semitic.â€
📧 #LAUSD ELECTION AD CLAIM: @ScottAtLAUSD held stock in McDonald's, BP, and "the owner of JUUL."— Kyle Stokes (@kystokes) February 26, 2020
ACCURATE? 🟩 Yes, according to his own financial disclosures.
-Schmerelson says the ad is anti-Semitic
-@SpeakUpParents says there's more to the storyhttps://t.co/BUMYXt5egg pic.twitter.com/6pby8MuoYJ
The ad is part of a line of criticism against Schmerelson over his finances. Charter-allied advocacy groups have criticized him for controversial personal investments. (Schmerelson has since said heâ€™s sold the offending stocks.)
Schmerelson was one of the few LAUSD board members to openly support LAUSD board members during their strike last winter. The teachers union has since spent almost $700,000 trying to buoy Schmerelson.
But CCSA has outspent them by a 4-to-1 margin. Theyâ€™ve spent $1.6 million to help Koziatek, whoâ€™s on staff at Granada Hills Charter High School.
And a third candidate â€” Elizabeth Badger, the founder and CEO of a non-profit called the Minority Outreach Committee â€” entered the primaryâ€™s final weekend with more campaign cash on hand than either Koziatek or Schmerelson (about $25,000).
YOU SHOULD KNOW
- If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, it means a runoff election between the top two finishers â€” and a long slog to November.
- Why Declaring Winners In California May Take A Minute
- Those Nasty LAUSD School Board Campaign Ads: What's Fact? What's Opinion?
- This Might End Up Being The Most Expensive LAUSD School Board Primary Ever