Susan Troller reports in The Capital Times on school board candidates:
A retired teacher has thrown her hat in the ring as a candidate for the Madison School Board.
Marj Passman, who was active in the recent successful referendum to approve funding for a new elementary school, has announced that she will be a candidate for Ruth Robarts’ open seat on the board. Robarts, who has served as a School Board member since 1997, will not be running again.
Shwaw Vang, another veteran School Board member, has also indicated he will not seek re-election.
Johnny Winston Jr., current School Board president, is planning to defend his seat.
Passman’s filing for candidacy with the City Clerk’s Office brings three official candidates to next spring’s School Board election for three seats.
In addition to Passman and Winston, Beth Moss, a west side parent and school volunteer who also was involved with the pro-referendum group, is planning to run for the board. She has filed with the city to run for the seat currently occupied by Vang.
Maya Cole, who narrowly lost her School Board race last spring to current board member Arlene Silveira, has said she is planning a run for the board again this year, but she says she is still not certain which seat she will seek.
Passman taught for over 25 years in the Madison school district and says her classroom experience at Leopold and Marquette elementary schools, Cherokee Middle School and the Midvale-Lincoln elementary pair provides expertise she will bring to the board. Her husband is a mathematics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and their children also attended Leopold, Cherokee and West High School.
Candidates have until 5 p.m. Jan. 2 to file with the city clerk for candidacy for the Madison School Board.