LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Voters are choosing one new Los Angeles City Council member to replace Tom LaBonge, who has now termed out, and deciding the outcomes of three school board races tonight.

In the L.A. City Council’s 4th District race, former LaBonge chief-of-staff Carolyn Ramsay is running against health clinic advocate David Ryu. The district runs from Sherman Oaks to the Miracle Mile. Ryu appeared to have an early lead in the race, securing more than 54 percent of the vote as of 11:21 p.m.

In the LAUSD Board’s 3rd District race, Scott Schmerelson, a retired principal, is running against two-term incumbent Tamar Galatzan, who was trailing late in the evening with a respective 54 percent and nearly 46 percent of votes.

In the LAUSD Board’s 5th District, incumbent Bennett Kayser, who is backed by the teachers union, is running against charter school co-founder Ref Rodriguez, who had the lead with close to 54 percent.

And in the Board’s 7th District, two-term incumbent Richard Vladovic had the early lead with 56 percent of votes compared to opponent Lydia Gutierrez, an elementary teacher from Long Beach Unified who had secured just over 44 percent.

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