Area School Board Races Became Battlegrounds

In what was widely seen as a power struggle between outsider conservative school board candidates and candidates backed by unions, San Diego County doesn’t appear to have a clear winner in this year’s midterm elections.

School board elections are supposed to be nonpartisan, but this year’s elections became partisan battlegrounds as conservative groups mounted campaigns to train and elect parents with their values to school boards, while Democrats and teachers unions supported their own sets of candidates to oppose them.

But the majorities of the candidates endorsed on both sides of the political spectrum won their races.

This story was produced by Kristen Taketa for The San Diego Union Tribune.