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. SaturdayCandidate Percentage Total votes Nancy Goldberg
Be sure to check Culver City Patch.com later this week for more interviews and additional information on the election results.