One-term incumbent Anna Moffit will take on the city’s deputy mayor, Gloria Reyes, in the sole contested race for the Madison School Board in the April 3 general election.
Moffit, who holds Seat 1 on the seven-member School Board, ran unopposed in 2015. She has since built a board record of strong advocacy for students with disabilities.
A former elementary school teacher, Moffit also works outside the board as a family advocate for children with mental health challenges. She has three children in the Madison School District, including a son with autism.
On the board, Moffit has worked to support district teams that serve students with special needs and to expand teacher training to better serve students with dyslexia. She said her priorities for future work on the board include improved or expanded use of restorative justice, early childhood education and trauma-informed practices.
Reyes, a former Madison police officer and graduate of East High School, has worked for the mayor’s office since 2014. As an officer, she worked to improve trust and communication between the police department and the city’s Latino community, and also has served as president of the board of directors for Centro Hispano, a nonprofit advocating for the needs of Latino youth and families.
Reyes has two children — a son who also graduated from East High and a daughter who is a student in the Madison School District. A mentor in the district’s college readiness program, Reyes moved to Madison as a third-grader who spoke only Spanish and is an advocate for support programs for students who are English language learners.
As deputy mayor, Reyes handles city issues involving public safety, civil rights and community services.
In addition to the contested race, board member Mary Burke, first elected in 2012, is running unopposed for her third term in April. Burke holds Seat 2 on the board.
Board members are elected districtwide and can live anywhere in the district, but must run for specific seats. All terms on the nonpartisan board are for three years. Candidate filing for the spring election ended Tuesday.