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3 of 4 Durham school board members to seek re-election

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Three school board members have announced today their intent to run for reelection.

Stephen Martin, Fredrick Davis and Omega Curtis Parker plan to file for candidacy on February 8, the first day candidates can officially put their hats in the ring with the county's board of elections.

The trio is running on a platform of "DPS - Direction, Purpose and Stability." They say the current board is moving in the right direction and with a new superintendent coming, they want that transition to be as smooth as possible, Martin said.

"Quite honestly, had the superintendent stayed I would've considered not running," he said. "But there's a lot of work we're just beginning to see the fruits of ... and I think sticking around for another four more [years] makes sense."

Kirsten Kainz, whose term is also up June 30, said she will not run for another term in order to focus more on her career and family.

"I'm pleased with my experience on the board," she said this afternoon. "I think the board is in a really good place."

Look for more on today's announcement in Saturday's Durham News.

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Stanley B. Chambers Jr. covers Durham Public Schools and other K-12 education issues in Durham. He can be reached at schamber@nando.com.