2022 LAUSD Elections

LAUSD Candidate Engages With The Community

While his opponent is courting the establishment, Marvin Rodriguez is listening to his neighbors during weekly meetups at neighborhood parks.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
3 min readSep 6, 2022

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I look to engage the communities I serve at every level.

- Board District 6 Candidate Marvin Rodriguez

Marvin Rodriguez with his wife and his youngest daughter.

By all measures, teacher and parent Marvin Rodriguez should have been crushed during the primary election. After all, he was outspent by over 66:1 and the incumbent in the race, Kelly Gonez, was endorsed by both the teachers’ union, UTLA, and the charter school industry. Still, Rodriguez managed to secure 31.37% of the vote, which was good enough for a second-place finish. Since Gonez failed to earn more than 50% of the vote, she will face Rodriguez in a runoff on November 8, 2022.

Rodriguez’s strategy for the general election will be very similar to the one he used to secure the upset in June when he earned the votes of 21,495 constituents in Board District 6. Instead of being sidetracked by the noise created by the establishment in their effort to maintain the status quo, Rodriguez will take his case for change directly to his neighbors in the eastern portion of the San Fernando Valley.

One of the ways that Rodriguez will engage with his community will be to visit neighborhood parks within BD6 on Saturdays between the Labor Day weekend and Election Day. Last Saturday, he kicked off this effort at the Hansen Dam recreation area. He and his family set up a booth outside the Discovery Cube and had conversations with constituents who had braved the 105° heat to visit the park.

Compare these efforts to engage with the attitude of his opponent. Within minutes of becoming Board President, Gonez announced that she would keep the Parent Engagement and Special Education Committees from holding meetings. When parents pressed for a resumption of these meetings, Gonez responded that parents already had enough

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com