INGLEWOOD — Margaret Evans defeated incumbent Graciela Patino in a runoff election for Inglewood school board District 4 June 16.
Evans, a retired school teacher, received more than 68 percent of the vote to easily win the election.
Unofficial vote tallies from the Inglewood city clerk’s office showed that Evans received 1,945 votes to Patino’s 902 votes.
Evans said she has a lot of friends and family to thank for her victory.
“Victory is so sweet and beautiful,” she said. “There were many individuals who had a part in making this campaign victory such a success. Thank you all for your support, prayers, kind words, donations and votes.
“I talked with people at the cleaners and in the grocery stores. People kept telling me they were going to go out to vote for me. Now, the real work begins.
Evans said her victory caused her to change plans for the day after the election and that she would try to make as many graduation ceremonies as possible June 17.
“Looking ahead, I am just so eager to find out what my new role as an elected Inglewood advisory school board member will be,” she added.
Evans received endorsements from retired U.S. Rep. Diane Watson, Inglewood school board President Carliss McGhee and former Inglewood school board member Carol Raines Brown.
Patino said she was disappointed to lose the race, but expressed gratitude to those who have helped her throughout her time on the school board and in her campaign.
“It looks like we were defeated tonight by the Evans campaign,” Patino said. “My team fought the good fight, and we kept it clean. I congratulate Ms. Evans, and wish her well on the advisory board. I am sure she will work diligently with her fellow board members to help bring about the kind of positive change needed for the future success of our schools.”
During the campaign, Patino said her goals for the school district included prioritizing educational equity through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, bilingual education through the Seal of Biliteracy Program, and promotion of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics courses for all Inglewood students.
Evans received 47.2 percent of the vote during the April school board election, where she ran against three other candidates for Seat 4.
The Inglewood Unified School District was placed into receivership by the state and bailed out of near bankruptcy in September 2012