Write-in candidate Diana Zrudsky wins Marion school board seat

Retired educator's election announced Friday after official vote canvass

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MARION — Diana Zrudsky, a 67-year-old retired teacher with more than 35 years of experience in the classroom, was elected to the Marion Independent School Board on Tuesday.

Because she was a write-in candidate, the Linn County Auditor’s Office’s did not announce her election until after the official canvass of votes Friday.

Only two candidates, Shari Funck and Bill Huntoon, ran for three open seats on the seven-member school board.

There were 140 write-in votes cast, with 58 going to Zrudsky, according to the official count.

In an interview with The Gazette on Friday, Zrudsky said she ran a small write-in campaign — mostly handing out fliers in her neighborhood — for the four-year term. School board members serve without pay.

“Once I realized there were three seats and only two people running, I decided it was it was maybe my turn to give more back to the school district,” she said.

Much of Zrudsky’s career was spent as a seventh- and eighth-grade language arts teacher in the nearby Linn-Mar Community School District. She also worked as a teacher mentor and as a curriculum director there.

She currently serves on the Friends of the Marion Library board.

Her husband was a longtime educator in the Marion Independent School District, she said, and her son, Chad Zrudsky, is an associate principal at Marion High School.

“I care about Marion, and I know it’s a good school district,” Diana Zrudsky said. “And I want to offer what skills and knowledge I have to contribute, to see it be the wonderful school district it is and to grow in new ways.”

l Comments: (319) 398-8330; molly.duffy@thegazette.com

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