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The election for a new Detroit school board has attracted an enormous field of candidates, with 72 people filing to run for seven seats in the Nov. 8 election.

The candidates include former board members, educators and parents. The group that emerges from the election will take office in January and choose a superintendent for the new Detroit Public Schools Community District. The new Detroit school system was created by the state legislature as part of a $617 million package to rescue the debt-laden Detroit Public Schools.

Members of the former DPS board running for seats on the new panel are Annie Carter, Elena Herrada, Tawanna Simpson, LaMar Lemmons, Ida Short, Herman Davis, Wanda Redmond, Reverend D. Murray, Patricia Singleton and Juvette Hawkins-Williams.

A number of the former board members have publicly opposed state control of the district under a series of emergency managers appointed starting in March 2009 and spoken against the state-approved rescue package, arguing that it doesn’t provide enough local control. Under the legislation, the existing Detroit Financial Review Commission will have oversight over the new district’s purse strings.

Others filing to run include John Telford, who was named superintendent by the school board several years ago but was sidelined by then-Emergency Manager Roy Roberts; Deborah Hunter-Harvill, former superintendent of the dissolved Buena Vista Public Schools and a former board member of DPS’ GEE White Academy charter school; Mary Kovari, a former DPS principal; Theresa Mattison, a former DPS principal and teacher; and Penny Bailer, former executive director of City Year Detroit.

As of the close of business Tuesday, 55 of the candidates had been certified to appear on the ballot.

School board candidates

Below are the candidates who have filed to run in November for the seven seats on the new Detroit school board:

ROBERT F. BRAZELTON

RITA MCFADDEN CARPENTER

ANNIE PEARL CARTER

KEITH LINNAEUS WHITNEY

SABRINA JACKSON

TONYA RENAY WELLS

REVEREND D. MURRAY

STEPHEN CZAPSKI

RENAE A. MICOU

ANGELIQUE NICOLE PETERSON-MAYBERRY

ANDREW JACKSON, JR.

GWENDOLYN BRITT

KEVIN TURMAN

ELENA HERRADA

TAWANNA SIMPSON

DEBORAH HUNTER-HARVILL

JOHN TELFORD

RONALD DIEBEL

MARKITA MEEKS

CHRISTOPHER POMPEY

VICTOR B. GIBSON

NICOLE LATRICE VAUGHN

MARY KOVARI

JOANN JACKSON

SHAWN RENEE FORMAN

RYAN CHARLES MACK

WANDA REDMOND

TAMARA PERRIN

TIA SHEPHERD

CHARLES M. HALE

ANTHONY ZANDER

BEN WASHBURN

MISHA STALLWORTH

INGRID WALTON

NORMA GALVAN

DEJOYCE COURTNEY

KATHY MONTGOMERY

IRIS A. TAYLOR

YOLANDA Y. PEOPLES

MIRIAM KEYES

VALERIE ELAINE MASSEY

SONYA MAYS

LAMAR LEMMONS

BETTY J. ALEXANDER

KAREN WHITE

KIMBERLY R. JONES

JUVETTE HAWKINS-WILLIAMS

IDA CAROL SHORT

AARON RENALDO SMITH

PATRICIA SINGLETON

HERMAN L. DAVIS

RYAN TOWNSEND

THERESA MATTISON

CHARMAINE D. JOHNSON

TAMARA PERRIN

TAMMY L. YOUNG

CAROL PRATT FARVER

PHILLIP CALDWELL, II

VALENCIA ROBIN GRIER

LESLIE ANDREWS

VICTOR D. ROBINSON

VONETTA D. CLARK

RYAN CLAYTON WILLIAMS

GEORGIA LEMMONS

PENNY BAILER

PHYLLIS BERRY

ROBERT EARL THOMAS

KWAME SIMMONS

MARY BRENDA T. SMITH

WILLETTA ANN RAMEY

BRANDON BRICE

STEVEN MILLER

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