The DeKalb school board gets new leadership with the election of two newcomers in today’s runoff elections.
Nancy Jester defeated incumbent Jim Redovian in District 1 by capturing 55 percent of the vote, while certified public accountant Donna Edler defeated Zepora Roberts in District 7 by winning 72 percent of the vote.
Runoffs — especially runoffs during terrible rainstorms — hinge on motivated voters. Apparently, Jester and Edler had enough of them.
Edler, in particular, won by a commanding margin, suggesting that District 7 voters craved change after many years with Roberts at the helm.
Both Edler and Jester were impressive at public forums and demonstrated great capacity for detail. Each has children in the system and has been an involved parent in her local school.
Jester and Edler will need every bit of intellect and stamina they have as they are joining the DeKalb school board at a time of great turbulence.
Along with redistricting, the board will be hiring a new superintendent. One of the toughest jobs ahead is rebuilding community pride in the schools. Many voters have lost faith in the leadership of the schools after the indictment of the former superintendent and the construction manager.
Congratulations to the two winners, and good luck.
–Maureen Downey, AJC Get Schooled blog