The political action committee for the Glendale teachers union has emerged as the dominant financial player in the race for school board, spending tens of thousands of dollars in what otherwise has been a low-budget campaign cycle.
The Glendale Teachers Public Education Improvement Fund raised $19,754 between Feb. 25 and March 22, according to the most recent campaign finance disclosure forms filed at the city clerk’s office. The contributions came from the Glendale Teachers Assn. — which funnels a portion of its union member dues to the committee — as well as from its parent organization, the California Teachers Assn. The fund already had a balance of $45,414, according to the filings.
The group’s campaign expenditures have topped $41,000. Much of that money has been spent on election mailings promoting union-endorsed candidates Ingrid Gunnell, a challenger, and incumbent Nayiri Nahabedian. They’ve also paid for fliers criticizing incumbent school board member Mary Boger.