Gonez is reelected; Rivas wins open seat on L.A. school board

Kelly Gonez and Rocio Rivas have declared victory in their races for seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education, elevating the influence of the teachers union as the school system navigates contract negotiations, recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and critical funding issues.

In District 6, which covers most of the east San Fernando Valley, incumbent school board President Gonez had 51.27% of the vote through Tuesday compared with 48.73% for high school Spanish teacher Marvin Rodriguez.

In District 2, which extends outward from downtown and surrounding neighborhoods to the Eastside, Rocio Rivas had 52.48% of the vote compared with 48.71% for Maria Brenes. Brenes conceded on Wednesday, and Rodriguez said this week he would wait to comment until “every vote has been counted.”

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