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UTLA: This election wasn't about change

By Max Taves

Anybody hoping to see some change within UTLA—L.A.’s powerful teachers union—will probably have to wait another three years. The union’s president, A.J. Duffy, and most of his slate of like-minded, hand-picked unionists, got returned to office by wide margins yesterday.

Duffy received about 59 percent of vote, trouncing Linda Guthrie (24 percent), Becki Robinson (16 percent) and Barbara Eisen-Herman (

Less than 21 percent of the 42,952 teachers in the sprawling LAUSD voted. Even fewer members voted for president. Maybe they just didn’t like their options. If you read our story this week, Duffy’s competitors weren’t offering any radical break.

Only one of the union’s top seven offices is scheduled for a run-off. Duffy's ally, Jimmie Woods-Gray, will face off against unaffiliated candidate Ana Valencia for National Education Association affiliate vice president.

Here's the union’s latest tally.

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