City Clerk Holly L. Wolcott announced today that on August 21, 2018, the LAUSD Board of Education requested the City of Los Angeles to call a special election on March 5, 2019, to fill the vacancy in District 5 of the LAUSD Board of Education, resulting from the resignation of Board Member Ref Rodriguez. On Friday, September 21, the City Council approved the election ordinance setting the special election for March 5, 2019, and the runoff, if required, for May 14, 2019. The calling of a special election to fill the vacancy is authorized by Los Angeles City Charter Section 410(b).
While the City will conduct the candidate filing portion of the election, the County of Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder (County) will administer this special election. The County recently received State Certification of its new Vote by Mail tally system that will be utilized in November 2018 and is already conducting elections for other municipalities on this date in surrounding areas.
The City’s candidate filing and nominating petition periods are as follows:
Filing Period: November 5 to November 13, 2018
Nominating Petition Period: November 13 to December 5, 2018
To be eligible to run for this office, candidates must have resided in LAUSD Board of Education District 5 at least 30 days before the first day to file for the office. Thus, based on the proposed special election schedule, candidates must be residents of LAUSD Board of Education, District 5, no later than October 6, 2018. Candidates must also be registered voters of LAUSD Board of Education, District 5 at the time of their nomination or election to office.
For inquiries related to the County Clerk’s administration of this election, please call (800) 815-2666.
For more information, contact the Office of the City Clerk-Election Division between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (213) 978-0444 or toll-free at (888) 873-1000. More information can be found on the City Clerk’s election website at: clerk.lacity.org/elections.