Board of Education Approves March 2019 Special Election To Fill District 5 Vacancy

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 21, 2018) - The L.A. Unified Board of Education voted today to hold a special election to fill the vacant seat in Board District 5 on March 5, 2019, with a potential run-off on May 14, 2019. The resolution, co-sponsored by Board President Mónica García and Vice President Nick Melvoin, will provide Board District 5 constituents with the opportunity to make informed decisions and engage in the democratic process to elect a representative.

“Today, the Board heard loud and clear, constituents of Board District 5 want to choose their School Board Member,” said Board President García. “I urge all eligible voters of Board District 5 to register and exercise their vote in the upcoming Special Election.”

“I immediately called for a special election so that the constituents of District 5 could choose their own representative and I’m glad the Board supported our motion today,” said Board Vice President Melvoin. “As the democratic process unfolds over the next few months, the Board will continue to work on behalf of all students in L.A. Unified.”

School Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson said, “Approving and scheduling a special election for the constituents of Board District 5 may be one of the most profound votes that I have cast since taking office. Board District 5 has been without effective representation for much too long. I remain saddened, however, that the families and communities of this District will still have to endure another seven to nine months without a vote or voice on the Board.”

"The people of Board District 5 deserve a democratic process. It is right that they will be able to choose their representative through a special election. This will give the voters, including those in traditionally under-resourced parts of the District, a chance to make their voices heard,” School Board Member Kelly Gonez said.

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