Brenes Concedes Defeat in Tightly Contested LAUSD Board Race

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More than two weeks after the election, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education candidate Maria Brenes conceded defeat Wednesday in her tightly contested race for the District 2 seat being vacated by Mónica García.

Brenes’ opponent, Rocío Rivas, declared victory late last week as her lead expanded. The latest returns show Rivas with 52.5% of the vote and a roughly 5,000-vote lead.

“There is much work to be done, and I am ready to bring my very best to all constituents — teachers, students, parents, neighbors,” Rivas said in a statement last week. “You can count on me to serve our district with unwavering dedication. Every day I will strive to nurture, sustain and protect our local, community public schools and the future of public education in Los Angeles.”

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