Raquel Zamora, an Attendance Counselor and former LAUSD teacher, was one of the 17 potential LAUSD School Board candidates who filed with the Los Angeles City Clerk to appear on the June 7 ballot. Last Friday it was verified that she had submitted enough signatures and had paid the filing fee. This afternoon, Zomara is listed as having withdrawn from the race.
In addition to Zamora, four other candidates have qualified for the ballot in the newly redrawn LAUSD Board District 2. If Maria Brenes or Miguel Angel Segura, a former member of convicted felon Ref Rodriguez's staff, are elected, they are predicted to canvass with the block of board members supported by the charter school industry. Rocio Rivas is supportive of public education and is endorsed by Network for Public Education Action, Parents Supporting Teachers, and UTLA. It is not yet known how Erica Vilardi-Espinosa would align herself. The signatures submitted by Miho Murai are still being verified by the City Clerk.
The primary will be held on June 7, 2022.
Carl Petersen is a parent advocate for students with special education needs and public education. He is an elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council and serves as the Education Chair. As a Green Party candidate in LAUSD's District 2 School Board race, he was endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action. Dr. Diane Ravitch has called him "a valiant fighter for public schools in Los Angeles." For links to his blogs, please visit www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com. Opinions are his own.