Jill Lofald, Rosie Loeffler-Kemp and Kelly Durick Eder announced Tuesday they will seek another term as Duluth School Board members.
Lofald is serving as board chair for the second year in a row and is seeking reelection as the District 4 representative, which serves the western part of the city.
In a news release, Lofald said she was running because education is her passion and life's work. Lofald served as a Denfeld High School English teacher for more than 30 years.
"As a lifelong learner, I embraced the opportunities provided to me in becoming a strong board member," she said. "I attended classes, learned from fellow board members and from our community. Being on the School Board over these uniquely challenging years allows me the background and knowledge to help us move forward."
Loeffler-Kemp is seeking her third term as the District 1 representative, which serves the eastern part of the city. She has a master’s degree in social work and currently works with Gayle Koop Foster Care & Education First.
Loeffler-Kemp said in a news release she “looks forward to providing consistent leadership and direction as we navigate the remaining challenges our school district and community face with the pandemic.”
“I will bring a positive, constructive, and effective voice to discussions and decision-making with our School Board, district staff, families, and students as we return more fully and safely,” Loeffler-Kemp said. “I want to build on our shared experiences and apply what we have learned as we work to further improve our educational programs and opportunities for all students.”
Durick Eder is looking to secure her first full term as a School Board member for the at large seat that serves the entire school district. She works as an associate professor of biology at the College of St. Scholastica and has two sons who attend school in the district.
Durick Eder was appointed to the School Board in October 2019 until a special election could be held after a member resigned. She was elected to the remaining year of the term in November 2020 after running unopposed in the special election. If reelected this year, Durick Eder will serve her first four-year term.
“As a school board member, I will continue to provide the leadership to set a strategic vision and budget priorities that provides our students, teachers, and staff the resources and environment to flourish,” she said in a news release. “As we all witnessed, when our teachers and staff have the resources and leadership they need, there is very little they cannot accomplish for our kids.”
During their time as board members, the three women have seen a complete turnover at the district administrative level and participated in a boundary change study and the hiring of a new superintendent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This story was updated at 5 p.m. June 1 with announcements of Kelly Durick Eder and Rosie Loeffler-Kemp running for Duluth School Board seats. It was originally posted at 11:32 a.m. June 1.