Jennifer McKeever will run for a second term on the Charlottesville School Board. Credit: Credit: Jennifer McKeever

Jennifer McKeever, who was elected to the Charlottesville School Board in 2011, has announced that she will seek a second term.

“If re-elected, I plan to continue my work of supporting stakeholder involvement and transparency and ensuring [Charlottesville City Schools] programs are getting the results we need for all of our students,” McKeever told Charlottesville Tomorrow in an email.

An attorney, McKeever’s seat is one of four up for election this year. In November, voters will also select members for seats currently held by Amy Laufer—the Board’s chair—Colette Blount and Willa Neale.

Of the four, only Laufer and McKeever plan to run. Neale said last month that she will not seek reelection, while Blount remains undecided.

As of May 11, no city candidates other than McKeever have filed campaign paperwork.

In Albemarle, four of seven seats are up for election. Board members Jason Buyaki and Steve Koleszar, who represent the Rivanna and Scottsville districts respectively, have both announced their intentions to run. As of May 11, only Koleszar has submitted paperwork.

Barbara Massie Mouly, who represents the White Hall Magisterial District, has announced that she will not seek re-election.  At-Large member Ned Gallaway announced last week he is not running for re-election because he is running for state Senate.

Gallaway, who is serving his second term on the Board, is seeking the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 17th Senate District. The seat is currently held by Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania).

A fifth seat on the board is currently vacant. Eric Strucko, who represents the Samuel Miller District, resigned his seat last month to accept a position with Pennsylvania State University. 

Officials have yet to decide whether to appoint an interim successor and when to hold a special election.

To run for school board, potential candidates must live in the district and produce 125 petition signatures from voters in their district.

Candidates must submit their paperwork by June 9.

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