LAWRENCEVILLE — Long-time Gwinnett County School Board Chairwoman Louise Radloff officially announced Wednesday her bid for re-election — this time as a Democrat.
Radloff was first elected to the school board in 1972, and has served as its chairwoman eight times. All of that was under the Republican banner, but, through a press release issued Wednesday, Radloff announced she was switching allegiances to pursue re-election in District 5.
“Basically, I look at the last year of legislation and beyond, the significant issues related to (school) funding and other issues ... and I just feel that the Democratic party aligns more with my beliefs about public schools,” Radloff said.
During her nearly 40 years on the school board, Radloff has also been active in organizations including the United Way, the board of health, the Salvation Army and the Gwinnett Newton Rockdale Community Service Board.
Both a middle school and a GCPS administration building bear her name.
“I work a great deal in the Meadowcreek, Norcross area,” she said Wednesday. “It’s just becoming more of an issue in adequate funding and needs for the kids ... Again I will just tell you that (the Democratic party) identifies much closer to my thinking in terms of meeting the needs of all children. And that’s what’s key.”
Radloff said she hoped voters would look at her long record of strong commitment to Gwinnett County students when considering her re-election. District 5 represents all or portions of the Berkmar, Brookwood, Meadowcreek and Parkview clusters.
“We are delighted to have Ms. Radloff switch to the Democratic Party,” said Steve Deak, the chairman of the Gwinnett Democratic Party. “She has served this county’s public school system for almost four decades and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the children of Gwinnett County.”