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Top candidates for state schools chief in close money race
Top candidates for state schools chief in close money race

The top contenders to be the state’s public schools chief are neck-and-neck in campaign funds leading into the June primary, according to finance reports filed Thursday. Current state superintendent Tom Torlakson has just under $200,000 in the bank for the final stretch of the campaign. Torlakson, a Democrat who is running for his second term, raised slightly more than $300,000 between March 18 and May 17, and spent nearly $700,000 in that time.  ------------ FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of a shareline in this post said Tom Torlakson's campaign for schools chief was boosted by labor groups and L.A. businessman Bill Bloomfield. Bloomfield is backing challenger...

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