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Rocio Rivas has pulled ahead of Maria Brenes in a key Los Angeles Board of Education contest to represent downtown, surrounding neighborhoods and the Eastside, according the the latest county vote count.
Votes are still being counted, but in an updated tally released Friday, Rivas moved 47 votes ahead of Brenes, who had held the lead since polls closed on Tuesday.
In the balloting’s second board race, for a seat representing the east San Fernando Valley, school board President Kelly Gonez stretched her advantage over challenger Marvin Rodriguez to 1,578 votes, but the race remains close. Gonez has 51.27% of the votes tallied; Rodriguez 48.73%. Rodriguez, a high school Spanish teacher with virtually no campaign money and no major endorsements, had made a surprisingly strong showing.
The contest between Brenes and Rivas was expected to be hard-fought. Through Friday the count in their race stood at 30,736 votes for Rivas, or 50.04%, to 30,689 votes for Brenes, or 49.96%.
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