PRESS RELEASE: Another Democratic Club Declines to Endorse Mónica García


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Contact: Carl Petersen

(818) 869-0309

The Avance L. A. Democratic Club is unable to reach a consensus in the LAUSD District 2 Board Race

The Avance Democratic Club, whose mission “is to build Latino political power”, met this evening within the boundaries of LAUSD’s District 2 to consider an endorsement for the March 7, 2017, election. Incumbent Mónica García, who did not attend the meeting and was represented by a surrogate, fell short of the 50%+1 threshold needed to secure the recommendation of the club. Like the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and Stonewall Democratic Club, Avance will provide no endorsement in the race.

“If is bad enough that Mónica García has yet to face the voters and answer their questions in any of these endorsement meetings, but then she sent a surrogate who brushed off the $1.3 billion iPad fiasco as merely a technical glitch,” said Carl Petersen, one of García’s opponents in the March election. “I wonder if he realizes that the same people financing García’s campaign are listing the iPads as one of the reasons that Steve Zimmer should not be re-elected in District 4.”

Unlike his opponents, Petersen was a consistent critic of former Superintendent John Deasy, who brought the iPad Scandal and the MiSiS Crisis to the LAUSD. He is endorsed by Scott Gerber, the former Special Education Representative for UTLA, Network for Public Education (NPE) Action, the North Valley Democratic Club and Nancy Pearlman, a Los Angeles Community College District Trustee.

All three District 2 candidates are scheduled to appear tomorrow night, February 10 at 6:00 at Cal State LA’s Student Union Theatre.


Carl J. Petersen is a parent, special education advocate and a candidate in LAUSD’s District 2. He is endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action and Diane Ravitch called him a “strong supporter of public schools.” For additional information, please visit