School Board Chair Rasmussen seeks re-election

Leon County School Board Chair DeeDee Rasmussen propelled her run for re-election with a birthday bash celebrating educators and students, rather than herself.

A hybrid of campaign and party, the focus of Thursday’s event momentarily shifted to politics following vocalist and Gilchrist Elementary teacher Avis Berry’s cover of The Beatles’ “Birthday.” Berry had Rasmussen’s daughter in her class years ago.

“This is one of the main reasons I am proud to be running,” the District 4 incumbent said. “We have so many gifted teachers who are so talented… They were driven to serve because it’s such a calling.”

Rasmussen — the executive director of the Florida Campus Compact, a network of college and university leaders — faced four opponents when she ran and won in the 2008 election.

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