Washington Teachers Union President Nathan Saunders will face challenger Elizabeth Davis in a runoff election for his seat, union officials said.
Saunders and Davis were among four candidates in the first round of voting, which ended last week. Saunders got 45 percent of the votes, and Davis got 41 percent.
Under union rules, a candidate must have more than 50 percent of the votes to win an election. Dates for the runoff election have not yet been set.
The race comes amid a flurry of education legislation that could have far-reaching implications for the teachers’ union, which already faces important questions due to the rise of nonunionized charter schools in recent years.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has introduced a bill that would give Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson authority to approve new charters, potentially accelerating the shift away from unionized teachers. And D.C. Council Member David A. Catania (I-At Large) has introduced a legislative package that would transform some underperforming schools into “innovation schools” that would offer Henderson freedom from union rules.