A■ Thomas D. Elias / Contributed nyone guessing which of 2018’s campaigns for statewide office will be the hardest-fought would be wise to bet on the run for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. That’s the lesson from the springtime runoff elections for two local school board seats that were little noted outside Los Angeles. But inside Los Angeles, these contests between candidates backed by the city school district’s main teachers union and those funded by charter school advocates were among the fiercest the city has seen. For sure, they were most expensive local school board contests ever waged, with charter school advocates spending $9.7 million on the two seats and unions

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