LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Registrar and Recorder’s office has released their final tabulations for the June 7 primary election with the Compton School Board race coming down to the last votes.
Board Vice-President Satra Zurita narrowly defeated Mary Jackson Freeny to finish 1309 – 1305 and retain her seat.
Freeny is the mother of the former Compton mayor’s assistant and a resident of Carson, which the seat covers.
The Compton Education Association represents the district’s teachers who supported a slate of candidates who ran against the incumbents.
Denzell Perry was elected to fill the seat representing Trustee Area A after capturing 60% of the votes.
Alma Pleasant will continue to represent Trustee Area E after capturing 55% of the vote and her challenger Adrienne Thomas receiving 45%.
“It is with regret that Mary Jackson Freeny lost a close race to Satra Zurita but is not entirely surprising since some members of the California Teachers Association are in alliance with some members of the Compton Unified Board of Trustees and who are unfriendly towards teachers,” wrote the CEA on their social media account.
Members of the union believe that if more teachers are elected to the school board, they will have better chances at negotiating salary increases during contract negotiations.
Zurita could not be reached for comment.