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LAUSD school board election: what you need to know



LAUSD Board of Education Running Candidates Ref Rodriguez, from left, Andrew Thomas and Bennett Kayser attend a debate at Eagle Rock High School on February 5, 2015.
LAUSD Board of Education Running Candidates Ref Rodriguez, from left, Andrew Thomas and Bennett Kayser attend a debate at Eagle Rock High School on February 5, 2015.
Cheryl A. Guerrero for KPCC

Four of seven seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District board will be up for election on March 3, so a lot could change after the votes are counted.

The next board has a packed agenda. Members get to select the new superintendent, one of the most influential figures in Los Angeles. They'll decide on whether to expand charter schools, lower class sizes, continue with the iPad program and approve spending items at a time when the district is projecting a deficit of $88.4 million. 

Every classroom, every nurse, every after-school program, every arts program is either written into the budget – or not. So voters should look for candidates who share their priorities.

Here are the candidates with links to their backgrounds and positions, including information gathered by the League of Women Voters' Smart Voter project: 

District 1 (Includes south Los Angeles and west around Culver City)
• George J. McKenna III (Incumbent and running unopposed)
--Website: https://www.facebook.com/electmckenna

District 3 (Includes west San Fernando Valley)
• Elizabeth Badger Bartels
--Website: http://www.elizabethbadger.net
--Smart Voter Profile

• Tamar Galatzan (Incumbent)
--Website: http://www.galatzangazette.com/tamars-bio/
--Smart Voter Profile

• Filiberto Gonzalez
--Website: http://www.gofiliberto.com/
--Smart Voter Profile

• Ankur Patel 
--Website: http://patelforlausd.com/
--Smart Voter Profile

• Carl J. Petersen
--Website: http://www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com
--Smart Voter Profile

• Scott Mark Schmerelson
--Smart Voter Profile

District 5 (Includes Silver Lake, Vernon and South Gate) 

Bennett Kayser (Incumbent)
--Website: http://www.bennett2015.com/

• Refugio "Ref" Rodriguez
--Website: http://www.refrodriguez.com
--Smart Voter Profile

• Andrew Thomas
--Website: http://www.thomas4lausd.org
--Smart Voter Profile

District 7 (Includes San Pedro, Carson, Gardena and parts of South L.A.)

• Euna Anderson
--Website: http://www.andersonforkids2015.com
--Smart Voter Profile

• Lydia A. Gutierrez
--Website: http://www.lydia4education.com
--Smart Voter Profile

Richard Vladovic (Incumbent)
--Website: http://www.vladovic4schoolboard.com/
--Smart Voter Profile