Zimmer defeats Stryer in District 4 school board race


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Bill Rosendahl were among the incumbents who avoided a runoff by winning their races handily on election night, March 3rd.

Villaraigosa won more than 55 percent of the vote with 127,955 votes, eclipsing his closest challenger, attorney Walter Moore, who received 26 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

“I stand before you all humbled tonight, humbled by your support and by your confidence. I’m humbled by your continued trust and your continuing forgiveness,” the mayor told a cheering audience at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on election night.

Rosendahl, who represents the 11th District, defeated his only challenger, Westchester resident Harry “Craig” Wilson, a hydrographer with the Department of Water and Power. The councilman won his second term in office with 16,728 votes, or nearly 75 percent, according to unofficial results. Wilson, who was running for political office for the first time, received 5,781 votes, or 25 percent of all ballots cast.

Rosendahl, who received more votes than any of the eight incumbents who were running for reelection, thanked his constituents for giving him another four years in office.

“I’m thrilled, I’m honored, and I’m delighted,” Rosendahl told The Argonaut the day after the election. “We have a very engaged constituency here in the 11th District, and I look forward to serving them for another four years.”

In a race that featured two newcomers to the political scene, Steve Zimmer defeated Michael Stryer for the seat in District 4 of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Zimmer, a teacher at Marshall High School, beat Stryer, an educator at Fairfax High School, 56 percent to 43 percent.

“It’s a little surreal right now,” Zimmer said. “I’m honored to have been in a race that was free of negative attacks.”

Zimmer received substantial backing from United Teachers Los Angeles, LAUSD’s largest teachers union.

Marlene Canter, who endorsed Stryer, chose not to run for reelection in District 4 after serving two terms in office.

Fernando Guerra, a political science professor at Loyola Marymount University, believes that the platform of illegal immigration and revoking Special Order 40 that Moore and Wilson offered did not resonate with the public.

“Especially on the Westside, this not an issue that resonates with a lot of voters,” said Guerra. “They have not been impacted by (illegal immigration) like other communities.”

Special Order 40 is a policy by the Los Angeles Police Department that prohibits officers from initiating contact with individuals for the sole purpose of determining whether they are illegal immigrants.

At Argonaut press time, incumbent Los Angeles Community College District member and Westchester attorney Angela Reddock had received just over 47 percent of the vote in her bid for reelection in seat two of the Trustees.