There are three seats up for election this fall for the Duluth School Board, but as of Friday afternoon no candidates had filed for one seat.
The open seats include District 2 currently held by David Kirby, District 3 currently held by Nora Sandstad, and an At Large seat currently held by Alanna Oswald. Kirby and Oswald have filed to re-run for their seats. Kirby currently is running unopposed and Oswald is being challenged by University of Minnesota Duluth professor John Schwetman.
District 3 is comprised of voting Precincts 15-20 and 22-25, while District 2 is comprised of voting Precincts 3 and 8-14.
Candidates for the School Board must file with the clerk of the School Board, room 215, Historic Old Central High School, 215 N. First Ave. E., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The filing fee is $2 or a petition in lieu of the filing fee must be furnished at the time of filing.
School Board chair Rosie Loeffler-Kemp said she’s willing to talk to anyone considering running for a seat and answer questions they may have regarding the role of a board member and the time commitment.
“It’s an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our kids,” Loeffler-Kemp said. “We have dedicated staff and dedicated parents, so it’s an opportunity to be involved in continuing great programming, but also to help advance new programs and new ideas in the district.”
If no one files for District 3, write-in candidates will have an opportunity to accept the position this fall. If all write-in candidates deny the seat, how to fill the seat would be left up to the current School Board.
Loeffler-Kemp can be reached by email at email@example.com. The primary election is Aug. 13 and the general election is Nov. 5.