Alex Johnson shows clout at LAUSD campaign kickoff
LA School Report | March 11, 2014
LA Unified school board hopeful Alex Johnson kicked off his campaign last night at a west side home, filled with elected officials, education advocates and political funders.
“We’ve waited long enough.” Johnson told the room of supporters. “We can’t leave a generation of kids behind… every child should have an opportunity to succeed, to graduate from high school, to get a job.”
He noted that the open seat in District 1, which covers much of south Los Angeles, has the “highest number of kids being pushed out of school… the highest rate of foster youth of our schools, the second second lowest graduation rate, [the] highest concentration of poverty,” in the district.
Johnson, who serves as education aide to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas qualified for the ballot last Friday. He is competing in an usually packed field of nine candidates (two of whom are awaiting certification from the City Clerk’s office) in a June 3 special election after longtime school board trustee Marguerite LaMotte died in office late last year.
In his remarks to the crowd, Johnson made no mention his accusations against one of his opponents, Genethia Hudley-Hayes, whom he has accused of falsifying her resume. Hudley-Hayes, who once held the District 1 seat and has the support of former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Congresswoman Karen Bass, has denied any intentional misrepresentations (more on that story here) and has accused Johnson of “bullying” her to drop out of the race.