Duluth School Board incumbents swept their races Tuesday night with one new face added into the mix.

Incumbents Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, Kelly Durick Eder and Jill Lofald were elected to four more years on the Duluth School Board. Joining these three women in January will be Amber Sadowski, who beat out Loren Martell for the second at large seat.

All four women celebrated their victory at The Boat Club’s Harborview Room in the Fitger’s complex.

Jill Lofald, left, and Rosie Loeffler-Kemp laugh together while celebrating as Duluth School Board results come in on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Boat Club Harborview Room in Duluth.  
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Jill Lofald, left, and Rosie Loeffler-Kemp laugh together while celebrating as Duluth School Board results come in on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Boat Club Harborview Room in Duluth. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Lofald was running unopposed for the District 4 seat, which covers the western side of the city, but she said that didn’t stop her from getting out there and not only campaigning for herself but for the three other women.

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“I think there's an advantage to working as a team. I know that sometimes people might think, ‘Why don't you just focus on your own campaign?’ Because you cannot get anything accomplished if you don't have a team that's working for the same goal,” Lofald said.

Two at large seats were up for grabs

Durick Eder and Sadowski won the two available at large seats, edging out Martell. With 100% of the precincts reporting, Sadowski won 39.37% of the vote (7,776), Durick Eder received 36.32% (7,173) and Martell received 23.41% (4,623).

Kelly Durick Eder smiles while talking to supporters after learning she won a seat on the Duluth School Board on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Boat Club Harborview Room in Duluth.  
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Kelly Durick Eder smiles while talking to supporters after learning she won a seat on the Duluth School Board on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Boat Club Harborview Room in Duluth. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

After being appointed to the board in 2019 and then winning a special election in 2020, Durick Eder will get a break from campaigning as she has won her first four-year term as an at large member.

“I’m really excited about what we get to do next,” Durick Eder said. “I think my next main focus is going to be how we have technology integrated in our district in a way that’s sustainable. Yes we got the one-time infusion of extra money and it’s fantastic that we are now one-to-one, but we need to figure out how we fund that long term.”

Amber Sadowski talks to supporters after learning she won a seat on the Duluth School Board on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Boat Club Harborview Room in Duluth.  
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Amber Sadowski talks to supporters after learning she won a seat on the Duluth School Board on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Boat Club Harborview Room in Duluth. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Sadowski said she feels really honored to be elected to the School Board and thanked Durick Eder and Martell for running because “this isn’t an easy thing to do.” Sadowski said she is really looking forward to working on a strategic plan for the district moving forward.

“It's really important to have a budget that matches our values,” Sadowski said. “Also important to me is working on the opportunity gap. I want to do that by strengthening our community partnerships.”

Loeffler-Kemp wins in a landslide

Loeffler-Kemp won her third consecutive term as the District 1 Duluth School Board representative with 71.78% (2,475) of the vote. She defeated Dana Krivogorsky, who received just 27.55% (950) of the vote.

Amber Sadowski hugs Jill Lofald while celebrating as Duluth School Board results come in on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Boat Club Harborview Room in Duluth. Both of the candidates won seats on the Duluth School Board.
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Amber Sadowski hugs Jill Lofald while celebrating as Duluth School Board results come in on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the Boat Club Harborview Room in Duluth. Both of the candidates won seats on the Duluth School Board. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Loeffler-Kemp said over her eight years on the School Board, the most important lesson she has learned is about the processes of making a decision with input from everyone involved and doing research. She said working together is very important, and that’s why she was excited to campaign as a group with Lofald, Durick Eder and Sadowski.

“Our message was that together we are stronger for our kids,” Loeffler-Kemp said. “That really resonated with people when we were out door-knocking and we hope that resonates with the community with the work that we do as a board, together.”

This story was updated at 10:54 p.m. Nov. 2 with quotes from the candidates. It was originally posted at 10:11 p.m. Nov. 2.