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UPDATE: County Posts Latest Culver City School Board Election Results

With all precincts reporting, Nancy Goldberg is the forerunner. Fewer than 30 votes separate Laura Chardiet and Scott Zeidman. See the chart below for the latest results—and see what Scott Zeidman had to say.

The election is officially over, but concerned voters around Culver City still don't know if their favorite candidate won a coveted spot on the Culver City Unified School District Board of Education. Though recent retiree and beloved teacher received the most votes, and remained close behind, fewer than 30 votes separated Chardiet from , making the election too close to call.

Keep your home pages locked on Culver City Patch.com for the latest results, courtesy of the County of Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder.

UPDATE, 11:54 a.m. Saturday: Nancy Goldberg is still the clear frontrunner and only 28 votes separate Scott Zeidman and Laura Chardiet now that the canvassing process has begun. See the chart below for the latest count.

UPDATE, 5:24 p.m. Wednesday: Said Scott Zeidman to Patch reporter Anne Bannon: "I'm not conceding, but I've come to the understanding that I'm not going to be on the Board next month. I know the odds of me winning the provisionals. Whatever happens, happens. I'm disappointed but I'm also quite ecstatic."

UPDATE, 4:35 p.m. Wednesday: The Culver City Unified School District has declared Goldberg and Chardiet as winning the two open seats.

UPDATE, 2:46 a.m.: It's been an exciting election day. With such a small margin of votes between Laura Chardiet and Scott Zeidman, and with the possibility of provisional ballots still uncounted, the race is simply too close to call. Culver City Patch will follow the vote count until winners can officially be declared. Please stay tuned.

UPDATE, 12:46 a.m.: The ambiance was mellow at Nancy Goldberg's home, where a handful of people celebrated what appears to be a victory for Goldberg. Laura Chardiet came late to Goldberg's home to congratulate her fellow candidate, giving a projection about the future Board of Education in Culver City: "There will be four women and one man for education, four educators and one lawyer." She "wants to put the focus back on education and the kids and not on politics." Goldberg agreed.

UPDATE, 12:19 a.m.: Laura Chardiet left her home to attend Nancy Goldberg's party, according to Patch photographer Sara Cozolino.

UPDATE, 12:03 a.m.: Patch has not officially declared a winner, as the margin is so close. As Scott Zeidman told Anne Louise Bannon before the results were called: "Whether I win or lose, the district will be in good shape." Zeidman did not return a call seeking comment.

UPDATE, 11:36 p.m.: Patch photog Sara Cozolino is headed over to Nancy Goldberg's home, where there are rumored to be about 100 supporters.

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: As told to Patch reporter Anne Louise Bannon on Tuesday, Nov. 8, incumbent Board President Scott Zeidman did not cater much to the absentee ballot vote, saying: "We’re not going to buy an election. Local elections have gone crazy. I don’t want to be part of spending that kind of money." Councilman Jeffrey Cooper and Vice Mayor Scott Malsin are currently at the Zeidman campaign party.

VOTER RESULTS UPDATED AT 11:57 a.m. Saturday

Candidate Percentage Total votes Nancy Goldberg
34.41
2,419
Laura Chardiet
30.09
2,115
Scott Zeidman
29.69
2,087
Robert Zirgulis
4.04
284
Gary Abrams
1.78
125

Be sure to check Culver City Patch.com later this week for more interviews and additional information on the election results.

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Cary Anderson November 09, 2011 at 07:58 AM
So that is it. 100% of precincts reporting. Nancy Goldberg 1st and Laura Chardiet 2nd.
Ilbert November 09, 2011 at 08:29 AM
I am happy to see Nancy Goldberg win. This is a good choice for the City.
Dan O'Brien November 09, 2011 at 08:59 AM
If it's final, congrats to Laura & Nancy, and a big thanks to Scott for all of his hard work & accomplishments. I hope everyone gets behind our new board and continues to bring CCUSD to greater heights.
Bonnie Wacker November 09, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Amazing but true. So thrilled to have both Nancy and Laura in office. A thank you to Scott for bringing our board to new levels and for getting the capital improvements on the table to move forward, as well as for his work on EE.
Shannon Bradley November 09, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Really disappointed if Zeidman doesn't get in... I am shocked after all he has done for our kids in Culver City - not to take anything away from the other qualified & deserving candidates, but still disappointed. (Shannon Bradley)
Frances Talbott-White November 09, 2011 at 07:27 PM
See up-to-date returns at http://smartvoter.org/2011/11/08/ca/la/race/1351/ Updates will be automatic. Refresh your screen if you don't see new numbers. It will be some time before election results are final and certified. After the checking and counting of provisional ballots, a hand count of randomly selected ballots will be conducted.
Susan Levy November 09, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Thank you for this very helpful information
Kevin Lachoff November 09, 2011 at 07:48 PM
The winners deserve to be congratulated! Thank you to those that worked on each of the campaigns and those that took a few minutes out of their day to vote. It is a disappointment that only 10% of our community decided to take the time to vote; even if others are content with the way the City electorate run things, 90% is a lot of apathy.
Susan Levy November 09, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Even though the election results are not official, the School District has announced that Laura Chardiet and Nancy Goldberg are the newly-elected school board members. Congratulations to the winners and the people that worked so diligently to help them get elected. It is very sad that the turnout was so low, especially since this election seemed like such an important issue to so many people.
Mike King November 10, 2011 at 12:06 AM
Congrats to Nancy and Laura, We all look forward to your contributions on the board. Thank you Scott for all your diligence and hard work in the last 4 years.
Ken Browning November 10, 2011 at 06:30 AM
Fine campaigns, Laura, Nancy. Way to juggle, Scott, whose plate has been very full the last few years. A lot of tough calls- we're very grateful for Zeidman's hard work.
Jay Coury November 13, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Washington could learn a thing or two about dignity from the way this Culver City election was run. Nice job all around.

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