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Gonez widens her lead while Melvoin narrows Zimmer’s lead, updated vote count shows

Sarah Favot | March 14, 2017



MelvoinGonezVotingKelly Gonez widened her lead in District 6 and Nick Melvoin narrowed Steve Zimmer’s lead in District 4, according to an updated vote count Tuesday in last week’s LA Unified school board primary.

The lineup for the May 16 runoff remains the same.

The primary election results aren’t final as LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan’s office continues to tally provisional and mail-in ballots. Another update will be posted Friday.

Incumbent school board member Mónica García won outright her District 2 seat encompassing downtown LA and Boyle Heights, while Zimmer, a two-term incumbent in District 4 and board president, was forced into the runoff facing Melvoin. There will also be a runoff for the District 6 east San Fernando Valley seat between Gonez and Imelda Padilla.

García had 58 percent of the votes in a tally last Friday; she now has 56 percent, according to Tuesday’s latest results. Challenger Lisa Alva made some gains and now has 34 percent of the votes, while Carl Petersen remains at 10 percent.

The spread between Zimmer and Melvoin dropped to 14 percentage points.

Zimmer continued to hold on to 47 percent of the votes in District 4 encompassing the west side of LA, Hollywood and portions of the west San Fernando Valley, while Melvoin’s portion of the votes increased from 32 percent to 33 percent. Allison Holdorff Polhill still has 14 percent, while Greg Martayan dropped 1 percentage point to 6 percent.

Zimmer fell short of winning the seat outright by about 2,812 votes out of a total 91,005 ballots counted in District 4, according to the latest results.

In District 6, Gonez’s lead increased from 36 percent to 38 percent. Padilla remained at 31 percent of the vote. Patty López went from 13 percent to 12 percent. Unchanged were Araz Parseghian at 9 percent; Gwendolyn Posey at 6 percent, and Jose Sandoval at 5 percent.

Voter turnout countywide was 16 percent, according to Logan. About 55,500 ballots countywide remain uncounted.

As of Tuesday, no new outside money has flowed into the race since last week.

Read LA School Report’s full series of coverage at LAUSD Race 2017.

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