Okaloosa School Board Member Dr. Diane Kelley speaking at a HOPE Squad press conference at Choctawhatchee High School

Okaloosa School Board member will not seek re-election, joining HOPE Squad

Okaloosa School Board Member Dr. Diane Kelley speaking at a HOPE Squad press conference at Choctawhatchee High School

On Thursday night, Okaloosa School Board Member Dr. Diane Kelley announced that she would not be seeking re-election later this year.

“As the school year draws to a close, I feel so honored that you’ve allowed me to be your school board member, to support your students and our employees, and to work for initiatives and ideas that would continue to propel us forward as a district,” said Dr. Kelley. “I’m humbled to be the only incumbent unopposed in this election cycle. Your support has meant everything to me, and I hope that I’ve honored my commitments to you.”

Dr. Kelley says she was recently offered an opportunity to work for HOPE Squad, an organization that she has volunteered with for nearly 3 years. Dr. Kelley was a huge advocate for getting HOPE Squad into our schools in Okaloosa County.

“After much prayer and soul-searching, I’ve decided to go to work with the Hope Squad,” she said. “I am passionate about their work and I believe in their mission. This opportunity will allow me to continue to work with young people (my passion for many decades) on an even larger scale.”

  • “God has given me much to be grateful for in my life, not the least of which will be the wonderful memories and people of our phenomenal school district,” she said. 

Upcoming election: Dr. Kelley was the only incumbent who did not have opposition. Dr. Lamar White is seeking re-election and is running against Jerry Buckman. Linda Evanchyk has not formally announced her run for re-election, but Darrel Barnhill is running for District 3.

Election qualifying will be held from Noon, beginning Monday, June 13, 2022, and ending Friday, June 17, 2022 at Noon.

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