Frontrunners vying for three seats on the San Diego Unified School District governing board held on to early, significant leads Tuesday night as election results continued to come in.
With 60.7% of ballots counted, incumbents Richard Barrera and Sharon Whitehurst-Payne appeared poised for re-election, and newcomer Sabrina Bazzo was undoubtedly on her way to replacing longtime board member John Lee Evans.
In San Diego Unified’s District A, Bazzo maintained a commanding lead over challenger Crystal Trull throughout the night with voters casting 62.87% of their ballots for her.
Bazzo, a health-care educator, and Trull, a university professor, are vying for the seat that Evans has held for three terms. Bazzo is endorsed by Lee, as well as two teachers unions.
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Also carrying a healthy lead through the night is incumbent Richard Barrera, who appears to be easily headed for re-election. Barrera, a community organizer and labor relations leader, is up roughly 2-to-1 lead over challenger Camille Harris in the night’s early results for the District D seat. Barrera has 62.19% of the vote.
Barrera, who was first elected to the board in 2008, won 97% of the vote in the March primary in District D.
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And in District E, it looks like voters will give trustee Sharon Whitehurst-Payne a second term on the San Diego Unified school board. Her early lead in the race looks to be sticking — she holds 56.82% of the vote over challenger Lawana Richmond’s 43.18%.
Whitehurst-Payne, who hold degrees in mathematics, is a former San Diego Unified educator. She has served on the governing board since 2016.
— Staff report