Six Candidates Set For SMMUSD School Board Race:

The race for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board will officially have six candidates vying for the three open seats.

Three of those candidates are incumbents who live in Santa Monica: Board President Ben Allen, member Jose Escarce, and member Maria Leon-Vasquez.

The three challenging candidates are all Malibu residents: Karen Farrer, Seth Jacobson, and Craig Foster.

Santa Monica resident Greenich Chase filed his petition last Friday, but did not qualify for the ballot, as he did not have enough valid signatures.

Each candidate was required to receive at least 100 valid signatures from registered voters in Santa Monica and Malibu.

Jake Wachtel, who pulled papers on July 20, did not return his petition by last Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline.

The general election is on Nov. 6, 2012.