The filing of retired Madison Police lieutenant Wayne Strong for the 2014 Madison school board election means at least two candidates will be making a second run for the board this spring.

Also seeking election to Seat 6 is Michael Flores. The Madison firefighter and paramedic was defeated in his first bid for the school board in 2012 by Mary Burke, the current candidate for governor who won her first elected position in that hotly contested school board election in the wake of a failed initiative to start a charter school aimed at African-American students.

Strong was edged out by Dean Loumos, the Madison Teachers Inc.-backed candidate in the contest for Seat 3 last spring. That race was so close that the winner wasn’t known for a week.

Seat 6 is open because incumbent Marj Passman has decided that she will not seek reelection. More candidates could enter the contest before the Jan. 7 deadline to file papers with the City of Madison Clerk's office.

Ed Hughes, currently president of the school board, has filed papers seeking reelection to Seat 7, but no challengers have emerged for his seat yet.

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Pat Schneider
Pat Schneider

Good question, Richard. I asked Mirilli via email if she was going to run and this is her response: "No, I am not running for school board this year, we have two great candidates running and I am happy to see that. Next year I will be finishing my masters in Education and Policy Analysis, and have some personal goals to complete before I consider running again.".

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

Well, thanks for checking!

I hope Ms. Mirilli's absence from public life will be only temporary. She seems like a good one.

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

Has anyone checked in with Ananda Mirilli? She seemed like quite a good candidate despite coming in only 3rd in the primary last time.

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