Mary Kay Murphy, District III representative of the Gwinnett County Board of Education, has announced she will seek re-election.
"I am running for another term to continue my work as a builder of Gwinnett County K-12 public schools and communities," Murphy said. "I have a strong record of curriculum reform, fiscal responsibility and student safety in our 133 local public schools."
In her 16th year on the school board, Murphy is a lifelong educator. She was a public school teacher for seven years in Georgia and California. She has worked at the Georgia Department of Education, the Southern Regional Education Board, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Oglethorpe University and Morehouse School of Medicine as Associate Vice President.
She holds a master's degree in English and education from Emory University and a PhD in Education Administration from Georgia State University.
Murphy cited the district's receipt of the Broad Prize in 2010, high SAT scores and top-notch bond ratings during her time on the school board. "We have achieved much, but there is more work to be done," Murphy said. "I want to be part of that vital movement forward."
Murphy will run against challenger Jen Falk, a local education activist, who announced plans to run for the post in January. Murphy's term expires in December of 2012. The terms of board members Louise Radloff and Carole Boyce also expire in December.
Boyce has announced she will seek re-election, and Radloff has not yet made an announcement.
For more about Murphy's campaign, visit www.marykaymurphy.com or www.marykaymurphy.org.