A former official of the state Department of Education has filed for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education post held by Chas Roemer.

Jason France, a Baton Rouge data analyst, entered the contest for the BESE Disrict 6 slot on Wednesday.

The three-day qualifying period ends on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Others in the race are Laree Taylor, who lives in Baton Rouge and is the princiapl of a middle school in Port Allen and Kathy Edmonston, a 21-year veteran of the Ascension Parish School District and lives in Gonzales.

Roemer, who is president of BESE, announced Wednesday that he will not seek a third term on the panel which sets policies for about 720,000 public school students statewide.

France, who is also a blogger on education issues, said Thursday he opposes Common Core, the privatization of public schools and what he calls the inappropriate sharing of data by the state Department of Education.

France, 42, is a Libertarian.

Taylor and Edmonston are Republicans.

In filings on Thursday, longshot contenders Jason Engen of Baton Rouge, a Republican and Etta Licciardi of Loranger, also a Republican, filed for the District 6 seat.

In other areas, Tony Davis of Natchitoches filed for the District 4 seat in northwest Louisiana now held by Mary Harris, who is serving the unexpired term of former BESE member Walter Lee.

In District 2 in New Orleans, Kara Tamara Washington, who lives in Ama, filed for the post held by Kira Orange Jones.

Washington and Jones are both Democrats as is the third contender, Gwendolyn Bordenave.

All eight elected BESE seats are on the Oct. 24 primary ballot.

The runoff is Nov. 21.

Aside from elected members the governor names three members of BESE.

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