Few fireworks are expected in the San Diego Unified school board primaries tonight, which pit incumbents Mitz Lee and Shelia Jackson against new challengers in their areas of the school district. Lee’s race against John Lee Evans will not be settled by the primary, since both candidates are guaranteed to proceed to the November districtwide election, and as the incumbent, Jackson is considered the favorite in her three-person race.

Heck, one race is already decided.

For instance, Lee didn’t campaign today. Instead, she spent the day reviewing the draft agenda for next week’s school board meeting, viewing senior projects at Mira Mesa High School, and voting. (No big surprise: Lee said she picked Francis over Sanders.) No dialing up voters or waving signs on street corners, she said.

“We know that the work will begin on June 3,” Lee said.

You might call that the attitude of a comfy incumbent. But one of Shelia Jackson’s competitors, computer teacher Xeng Yang, didn’t spend today campaigning either. In fact, he hasn’t campaigned this week.

“I did a lot in the last few weeks,” Yang said. “So I took a rest.”


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