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Kent, Burke elected to Culver City school board

CULVER CITY — Voters in the Culver City Unified School District Nov. 3 elected Kelly Kent and Anne Burke to the Culver City school board.

Final unofficial returns show Kent, a member of the Culver City Parks and Recreation Commission, receiving 1,888 votes with Burke, a parent and longtime PTA member, receiving 1,461 votes.

Attorney Scott McVarish, who ran as a slate with Burke, finished third with 1,228 votes.

Kent and Burke will replace Nancy Goldberg and Laura Chardiet, who did not seek re-election. Both Goldberg and Chardiet were elected to the school board in 2011.

Kent, who has a doctorate in neuroscience from USC, had the support of the Culver City Federation of Teachers and Goldberg in her campaign.

She was also endorsed by Mayor Michael O’Leary and City Councilwoman Meghan Sahli-Wells.

She ran on a platform of increasing art and music programs within the district and creating a sustainable school environment that use teaching methods that reach every student.

Anne Burke
Anne Burke

Burke was endorsed by Chardiet and four of the five members of the City Council, as well as the Culver City Federation of Teachers.

She pledged to be a voice of reason and vision in using voter-approved bond funds.

“We have a lot of potential first-generation college students in Culver City,” she said during the campaign. “We have to figure out how we help them meet this challenge.”

Officials at the county registrar of Voters Office still have to finish counting provisional and late absentee ballots before declaring the vote official.

Kent and Burke are expected to take office in early December.