After two terms as District 7 representative on the DeKalb County School Board, Zepora Roberts lost her seat to challenger Donna Edler, who took 72.36 percent of the vote in a Nov. 30 runoff election with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.
Roberts is one of two DeKalb County Board of Education incumbents whose bid for re-election was thrown into a runoff.
The other defeated incumbent, District 1’s Jim Redovian, lost to Nancy Jester, who said that her victory indicates that voters recognized that “we’ve got to change the trajectory of the DeKalb County Schools. We worked really hard to take our message to the voters, to let them know why we needed to change and what we plan to change. I’m a parent myself and I think that really resonated with voters.”
Jester is a former actuarial accountant, who now is a full-time parent and volunteer.
Edler, who in a statement before the election said she seeks to bring professional, qualified and responsible leadership to District 7, has a background in accounting and describes herself as a homemaker and community organizer and activist. She added, “New leadership and better school board governance are first steps toward restoring confidence and credibility. Minimizing waste, fraud and abuse preserves educational dollars for children and classrooms.”