LAUSD District 7’s Open Seat

Carl J. Petersen
23 min readJan 12, 2020

What we really need in this country is a revolution in public education.

- Bernie Sanders

The members of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board are not known for having a long tenure. Of the seven members on the board, five were seated since 2014. Of these five, George McKenna (Board District 1) is the longest-serving, having been elected after his predecessor passed away while in office. Scott Schmerelson (Board District 3) took office the following year after defeating the incumbent at the ballot box. In the next election cycle, Nick Melvoin (District 4) also defeated his predecessor and Kelly Gonez (District 6) won an election in which the incumbent did not run as she sought a spot on the Los Angeles City Council. The board’s freshman member, Jackie Goldberg (District 5), returned to her old board seat last year after former charter school administrator Ref Rodriguez was convicted of felony charges related to his campaign.

Dr. Vladovic (From his Facebook page)

While Monica Garcia (District 2) is the longest-serving board member, having taken office in 2006, Richard Vladovic (District 7) will be the first member of the board to be forced from office due to term limits. This is due to the fact that the maximum of three terms only applies to those elected on or after March 1, 2007. As a result, for the first time in 13 years, voters in South Los Angeles will face a ballot without Dr. V’s name on it. Of the four 2020 LAUSD School Board elections in 2020, it will also be the only one without an incumbent in the running.

Five candidates collected enough signatures to have their names placed on the March 3, 2020, primary ballot. As a group, they bring a diverse set of skills to the race. They include the politician who preceded Dr. Vladovic, a current teacher, a parent, a Director of Charter Schools and a lawyer working in the field of education.

While much of the coverage of elections is focused on how much the candidates raise or who has endorsed them, this data provides no useful information for voters attempting to make an educated choice. With this in mind, I sent a…



Carl J. Petersen

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children.