An English professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth announced Wednesday he would be running for an At Large seat on the Duluth School Board.

John Schwetman has been a professor at UMD since 1999. He and his spouse Krista Twu have two children who attend East High School and Ordean East Middle School. Schwetman said he was on two education levy committees for the Duluth school district and wants to continue to build upon his work by joining the School Board.

"In working for these levies, I was able to talk to parents, teachers and other concerned community members all across the district, and I was impressed by the devotion of this district and surrounding community to high educational standards and innovative ways to better serve the needs of students," Schwetman said in a statement.

Schwetman served on the Duluth Civil Service Board from 2008 to 2013 and served as the chair of the Senate District 7 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party from 2005 to 2012.

Schwetman also served as his union's representative to the Duluth Central Labor Body.

"I believe in public schools, and I am amazed daily by the devotion of ISD 709’s teachers and staff to the important work of educating our children,” he said. “I look forward to applying my experience to the work of oversight that School Board membership entails.”

The At Large seat is currently held by Alanna Oswald, who announced last week her intentions to re-run.