- Peggy Noonan
Of the 17 potential LAUSD School Board candidates who filed with the Los Angeles City Clerk, ten have collected enough signatures and paid the fee required to appear on the June 7 ballot. One, Negar Nikgohar, withdrew prior to having petitions issued. Raquel Zamora was certified by the City Clerk but withdrew from the race shortly afterward.
In Board District 2, Miho Murai says that she submitted 627 signatures, but the City Clerk determined that only 431 were valid. She intends to contest this determination saying that her volunteers mostly used voter registration precinct lists and she was not allowed to review the results in person. In 2016, Murai sought to become the first elected Asian Pacific American woman on the LAUSD School Board but 110 of her 537 signatures were rejected. She did not contest those results.
The contact information for the candidates along with links to their answers to my questionnaires is as follows:
Board District 2:
- Maria Brenes
Web Site: https://www.mariaforlaschools.com/
- Erica Vilardi-Espinosa
Web Site: www.ericaforschoolboard.com
- Miguel Angel Segura
Web Site: https://www.seguraforlausd.com...
- Rocio Rivas
Web Site: https://www.drrivasforschoolbo...
Board District 4:
- Nick Melvoin
Web Site: https://www.nickmelvoin.com/
- Gentille Barkhordarian
- Tracey Schroeder
Occupational Designation: LAUSD Teacher/Parent
Board District 6:
- Kelly Gonez
Web Site: https://www.kellygonez.com/
- Marvin Rodriguez
Web Site: https://www.marvinrodriguez2022.com/
- Jess Arana
Web Site: https://www.jesus-arana.com/
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.