Iino elected to Community College Board of Trustees

Kelsey Iino (left) ran on a slate with Gabriel Buelna, Sara Hernandez and Steven Veres.

Kelsey Iino, an appointed member of the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees, was elected Nov. 8 to serve on the board until Dec. 13, 2024.

In the special election for seat 7 of the board of directors, Iino obtained 299,326 votes (57.93%). Nancy Pearlman (148,092, 28.66%) and Mark Dutton (69,287, 13.41) were also in contention.

In April, the board voted unanimously to nominate Iino to replace Mike Fong, who vacated his seat upon his election to the state Assembly. She will serve the remainder of Fong’s term on the seven-member council.

Iino ran on a slate with Administrator Steve Veres (Seat 2), Sara Hernandez (Seat 4), and Administrator Gabriel Buelna (Seat 6), all of whom received over 50% of the votes in their respective races.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Iino said: “Today is the day when everything is numbered. The magnitude of what I have just faced is setting in. I kept my head down, to managing and focusing on what was on my plate on a daily basis, sometimes even hour by hour, without really acknowledging it all. Whatever happens, I am excited for the future and hopeful for the changes we need to see perform locally and across the country. Let’s do this!”

In his endorsement of Iino, The Los Angeles Times said, “We think Iino is the best candidate in this race. She’s only been a trustee for a few months, but has a clear vision of what she wants to accomplish and shows great promise as a district leader. Iino is a longtime community volunteer, including as a board member of the Little Tokyo Service Center, and is president of the El Camino College Teachers’ Federation, which represents approximately 1,000 faculty members. Its priorities include increasing college accessibility and affordability for first-generation students, veterans, and previously incarcerated residents.

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