Two educators challenge incumbent Leslie Ellison for Orleans Parish School Board 4th District seat

Two educators who have never before run for public office are challenging Orleans Parish School Board member Leslie Ellison for the 4th District seat representing Algiers and parts of Faubourg Marigny, Bywater and the French Quarter.

Ellison has held the seat for eight years. Her opponents, whom she tried but failed to disqualify from the ballot, are Jancarlo “J.C.” Romero, chief of staff at the charter network Einstein Schools, and Winston “Boom” Whitten Jr., a special education teacher. All candidates have college degrees and are Democrats.