Democrat James Hannon, Emporia, filed to run for the State Board of Education's District 7 seat on the deadline day last week for entering the primary.

Hutchinson Republican Ken Willard chose not to seek re-election this year on the state board. District 7 covers portions of 15 counties, including Reno County.

"I am a hard-working retired Kansan who has spent my entire career in the field of public education," Hannon said in a press release. He spent 39 years as a classroom teacher at Emporia High School. He currently is a paraprofessional at Emporia High School, working with at-risk students.

He holds a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and supervised student teachers for Emporia State University. He also was chairman of the Emporia High School Accreditation team for several years and has worked on curriculum development, the release said.

"I will use my knowledge and skills to improve the quality of education for all Kansas students. We can do better," Hannon said.

He will face the winner of the Republican primary contest between Ben Jones, Sterling, and Robert D'Andrea, Lindsborg.