Donna Gundle-Krieg from Mancelona has been nominated by the Libertarian Party of Michigan to run for the Michigan State Board of Education. She will be on the ballot on November 8, 2022.
Donna has had a strong interest in education policy for over 30 years. She worked for a short time as a high school teacher, and was the National Education Journalist for Examiner.com. She also researched and wrote about education policy for the Oakland Press, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and several additional publications. She has her B.A. in Communications from Wayne State University, and has taken numerous Master’s level Business and Law courses.
Donna and her husband Dennis raised two children. Steven and Ellie both attended public and private schools, and were homeschooled. Due to their excellent and varied education, both received full scholarships to college.
Based on her experiences as both a teacher and a parent, Donna strongly believes that parents should be more involved in their child’s education, and that teachers should welcome parental input and partnership. She also believes that each child is very different. Some will thrive in environments different from the traditional public schools. Click here to see the Libertarian Party platform on education.
The main reason that Donna is running for the State Board of Education is to help provide more voices at the table. The current Board of Education members are mostly Democrats, with a couple of Republicans. A large number of people do not identify with either party, and Donna believes that more diversity on the board would help with the public’s divisiveness over education policy.
Donna, who lived in the Detroit area for most of her life, moved to Northern Michigan nine years ago to work in real estate. She owns DEK Realty, a small firm dedicated to improving the town of Mancelona.
In addition to improving her town through her real estate business, Donna was elected as a Mancelona Township Trustee in 2022. She was the second Libertarian in Michigan to ever beat a Democrat/Republican in a partisan election.
Click here to read some of the columns Donna has written about Libertarian policy.