SCHOOL BOARD

School board members Kate Toews, TJ Mertz and Mary Burke at an October meeting.

PHOTO BY MICHELLE STOCKER

Madison School Board members Anna Moffit and Mary Burke have announced they will be running for re-election in 2018. 

In April, the terms will expire for seats 1 and 2 on the Madison Metropolitan School Board, currently occupied by Moffit and Burke. Burke has filed a declaration of candidacy with the Madison city clerk's office and Moffit said she had done the same, although it's not yet reflected on the city's website. 

Moffit ran unopposed for seat 1 in 2015, emphasizing advocacy for students with disabilities. Moffit has a son with autism and speaks out for people with disabilities outside her role as a school board member. She’s a former elementary school teacher and while on the board has been a proponent of Natural Circles of Support, a social and emotional support program for students of color.

All School Board seats are at-large, but the Seat 1 member oversees Allis, Glendale, Lindbergh, Schenk and Shorewood elementary schools, Sherman and Whitehorse middle schools and Memorial high school.

Burke is the founder and CEO of Building Brave, a nonprofit and online community for women. She ran for governor against Gov. Scott Walker in 2014, and was first elected to the Madison school board in 2012. Burke helped launch the AVID/TOPS partnership between the national college readiness program Advancement Via Individual Determination and the Madison-based Teens of Promise program.

Burke occupies seat 2, which covers Chavez, Crestwood, Gompers, Kennedy, Orchard Ridge and Stephens elementary schools, as well as Badger Rock and Sennett middle schools.

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On her Facebook page, Mary Burke endorsed Anna Moffit. 

"I would also ask you to support Anna Moffit in her re-election for Seat 1," Burke wrote. "Anna is a valuable Board member who brings an important perspective because of her work with students with disabilities."

The school board election will take place on April 3. If necessary, a primary would take place on Feb. 20. Early candidates for the Dane County Board of Supervisors election on the same date emerged in August of this year.