One of the biggest of California’s education bigwigs has endorsed challenger John Lee Evans in his bid to grab incumbent school board member Mitz Lee’s seat representing District A.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell endorsed Evans about a month ago, his campaign director Mollie Culver said. O’Connell “doesn’t get inundated with requests, but he does endorse” in school board races, particularly if he has a personal relationship with the candidate. Evans said that O’Connell endorsed him after the two met and spoke.

O’Connell has not endorsed any other candidates or incumbents in the San Diego Unified school board race, where three seats are contested.

EMILY ALPERT

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