L.A. school board challenger Ref Rodriguez surged to an early lead in election returns Tuesday
2 Challengers, 1 Incumbent Finish First in Election for Nation's Second-Largest School System
In final, unofficial election returns Tuesday night, two challengers defeated incumbents to win seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education.
In District 5, well-funded challenger Ref Rodriguez bested one-term incumbent Bennett Kayser, winning with nearly 54% of the vote. That area includes neighborhoods north and east of downtown, as well as the cities of southeast L.A. County.