Four of five San Diego Unified School District candidates at this year's Politifest debate. From left to right, John Lee Evans, Richard Barrera, Bill Ponder and Mark Powell. Marne Foster did not attend.
With 93 percent of precincts reporting, two candidates backed by San Diego's teacher union took the lead in the San Diego Unified School District Race.
In District A, current board member and psychologist John Lee Evans appeared to have claimed victory with 53 percent of the vote against realtor Mark Powell, who walked away with a close 47 percent of the vote.
District D’s incumbent trustee Richard Barerra ranunopposed.
In the past few years, the district has shifted into reverse after heading toward “the brink of insolvency,” as one trustee put it. In June, board members negotiated with the teachers union to prevent more than 1,400 teacher layoffs.
Powell received the most votes in the primary, despite being relatively new to district politics. Evans won the endorsement of the local teachers union, and has the backing of his colleagues on the board.
Ponder and Powell both opposed the $2.8 million bond measure, Prop. Z, which won a 60 percent majority of support in Tuesday's election with 87 percent of the vote.
Foster is also backed by the teachers union and is an elected board member with the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1931.