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Los Angeles County, CA March 3, 2015 Election
Board Member; Los Angeles Unified School District; District 3 Voter Information

4 Year Term.

A runoff may be held on 5/19/2015 between the top 2 candidates who received the most votes if neither receives a majority. If one candidate receives a majority of votes in this election, that candidate wins and no runoff will be held.
If Charter Amendment 2 is approved, the School Board members elected in this Primary Election and the May runoffs will serve terms of 5-1/2 years. end de

Results as of Mar 31 4:45am

Runoff Election 5/19/2015

Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Tamar Galatzan Click here for more information about this candidate 15,326 votes 40.2%

  • Occupation: School Boardmember/Prosecutor
  • Los Angeles Unified school board member (2007-present)
  • Deputy City Attorney/Neighborhood Prosecutor (2002-present)
  • Western States Counsel, Anti-Defamation League (1996-2002)
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1994)
  • B.A. in political science, UCLA, magna cum laude (1991)
  • Pass a balanced, responsible budget, and stick to it throughout the fiscal year.
  • Provide our students with high-quality teachers, materials and support so they can pass the more rigorous curriculum now required for graduation.
  • Equip our schools and teachers with the technology needed to prepare students for college and careers.
Scott Mark Schmerelson Click here for more information about this candidate 7,767 votes 20.4%
  • Occupation: Administrator/Retired Teacher
  • Spanish Teacher
  • Secondary Counselor
  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Treasurer, Cuban-American Teachers' Association
  • Executive Director of Region 16, Association of California School Administrators
  • School Bond funds must be expended as the voters intended.
  • Class size is too high to ensure a quality education.
  • Fair wages and full time employment for our LAUSD employees.
Ankur Patel Click here for more information about this candidate 4,870 votes 12.8%
  • Occupation: Teacher/Scientist/Entrepreneur
  • B.S. UCLA (Ecology, Behavior & Evolution)
  • M.S. CSUN (Interdisciplinary)
  • Teacher in Seoul, South Korea
  • Teacher in Beijing, China
  • Neighborhood Council Treasurer (Northridge East)
  • Graduate Assistant at CSUN
  • Reduce Class Size
  • Increase Transparency & Accountability
  • Increase Student, Teacher, and Parent Participation
Elizabeth Badger Bartels Click here for more information about this candidate 4,125 votes 10.8%
  • Occupation: Children's Advocate/Businesswoman
  • Masters Public Administration/ Policy
  • Bachelors of Arts - Political Science
  • LACDP Central Committee (Elected 6 terms)
  • Founder/CEO, Minority Outreach Committee, Inc.
  • Investment in Early childhood Education
  • Raising Graduation Rate/Lowering Dropout Rates
  • Creating partnerships between parents, teachers, staff and LAUSD Board
Carl J. Petersen Click here for more information about this candidate 3,839 votes 10.1%
  • Occupation: Businessman/Activist Parent
  • Father of five
  • Director of Logistics
  • B.S. Business Management, University of Phoenix
  • Vocational Degree, Musician's Institute (PIT)
  • Studied Computer Science at Pace University
  • Author of The Different Drummer blog
  • Reduce layers of bureaucracy so that parents, teachers and staff have more say at the local level.
  • Institute real reforms to hold the Superintendent accountable.
  • Eliminate the reliance on standardized testing for evaluations that are not student related.
Filiberto Gonzalez Click here for more information about this candidate 2,213 votes 5.8%
  • Occupation: Businessman/Professor
  • City of Los Angeles North Valley Area Planning Commission, 2013-14
  • Masters in Social Work, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cal State Northridge
  • LAUSD Elected Parent Representative
  • Give parents real local control by breaking LAUSD into smaller school districts.
  • Class size reduction.
  • Child safety and accountability.

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