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Union-backed members to control San Dieguito Union school board

The majority on the San Dieguito Union school board is now in the hands of union-backed members as the district community aims to move on from the tumultuous last two years. Two union-backed candidates are heading toward a win, promising a return to civility following controversy over reopening schools, redistricting and other issues.

Candidates Rimga Viskanta and Jane Lea Smith are ahead of their Republican-endorsed opponents, while Republican-endorsed candidate Phan Anderson has likely also won a seat on the five-member board. Still, union-backed candidates control three seats.

The district, which serves middle and high school students across San Diego’s coastal North County, has gone through multiple superintendents over the last few years. Both members of the board and superintendents have been under fire for comments they have made about transgender and Asian students in addition to clashing over district issues.