BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — The Education Minnesota teachers union has a new president.

Delegates at the Education Minnesota Representative Convention elected Denise Specht as president of the 70,000-member union on Saturday. She’s served as secretary treasurer since 2007 and will begin her three-year term July. 1.

“We all left our convention unified, and will stay focused on the work we do,” Specht said.

She ran against current president Tom Dooher.

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The 47-year-old Specht said she would bring a more collaborative style to leadership of the state’s largest union. And she added that educators are looking for more respect and autonomy in the work places, and to have their voices heard with more investment in education.

“There’s a lot of work to be done, but we are happy about a reinvestment in education,” she said.

Among her concerns is closing the achievement gap.

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