A day after the death of the LA Unified school board’s only African American member, Marguerite LaMotte, community leaders with ties to her south Los Angeles district began speaking out about how to fill the vacancy and who should fill it.
“Unfortunately in these moments there is no opportunity to wait,” U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass told LA School Report. “The best way to serve the district will be an election to fill the seat — called with enough time for a proper process.”
Her colleague, Representative Maxine Waters, says it’s vitally important for the board that her seat continues to be represented by an African-American.
“It is absolutely necessary,” Waters told LA School Report. “Representation for African-Americans on that board is extremely important. Our dropout rates are still too high… we need someone who knows this community and has worked with these people to speak for these children.”
While a list of possible candidates is emerging (see below), neither Bass nor Waters would speculate with names.