Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education President Monica Garcia announced Monday that she plans to seek the City Council seat to be vacated by Jose Huizar in 2020.
Garcia has served on the school board since 2006 and joins former state Sen. Kevin de Leon as the second high-profile politician to enter the race to represent District 14, which stretches from Eagle Rock to downtown Los Angeles.
“Thanks to our wonderful partnerships and hard work, we have been able to make major improvements at LAUSD. This year’s graduating class is our kindergarten class from 2006, our first year together at the school board,” Garcia told a group of supporters on Sunday. “Together we increased graduation and accelerated the fight for educational justice and community wellness. Soon it will be time for our next chapter together as we take our proven ability to get things done and our `yes we can’ attitude, with a sense of urgency to City Hall.”
Huizar’s wife, Richelle Huizar, announced last year that she was going to seek his seat, but withdrew her candidacy shortly after the FBI raided her husband’s offices and their home in early November as part of an FBI corruption probe. No one has been arrested as a result of the investigation.
Garcia is a social worker and has served eight terms as the president of the school board.