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Beiser Set To Return As San Diego School Board Member

Kevin Beiser, President, San Diego Unified School Board poses with supporters at Westin Hotel, downtown San Diego, on election night, November 4, 2014.
Milan Kovacevic
Kevin Beiser, President, San Diego Unified School Board poses with supporters at Westin Hotel, downtown San Diego, on election night, November 4, 2014.

UPDATE: 8:48 a.m.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Beiser wins with over 78,000 votes, besting Redding with 62 percent to her 37 percent. In the primary election, Redding racked up 32 percent.

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UPDATE: 12:00 a.m.

San Diego Unified School District Board of Education President Kevin Beiser won re-election Tuesday night, defeating challenger Amy Redding.

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San Diego Unified School District Board of Education President Kevin Beiser took an early lead tonight on his reelection challenger, Amy Redding, according to results released by the county Registrar of Voters Office.

Beiser, a teacher in the Sweetwater Union High School District and a former county Math Teacher of the Year, led with 63.2 percent of the vote.

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He said if he is elected to a second term he will work to keep class sizes low; protect art, music and career vocational education; and improve graduation rates.

Redding, a former biotech research associate who chairs a district advisory group that advises the board on financial decisions on efforts to help disadvantaged students, said if she is elected she will make student-focused decisions and work to rebuild the district's financial stability. She'll also advocate for school safety and security.

In the June primary election, Beiser defeated Redding by 68 percent to 32 percent, but that vote was only in their district — of Scripps Ranch, Tierrasanta and San Carlos. The general election brings in voters districtwide.

Retired teacher Michael McQuary is running unopposed to represent areas along the coast, Linda Vista and parts of downtown San Diego. The post is currently held by Scott Barnett, who has opted against seeking reelection.

Barnett endorsed Redding over his colleague Beiser.