The Democrat was first appointed to the board in 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Rosa Gill.
Sutton is part of the block that has tried to oppose changes brought by the Republican majority on the board that was swept into office in 2009. The new majority has worked to do away with the district's longstanding policy of busing students to achieve socio-economic diversity in classrooms in favor of sending students to schools closer to their homes.
Sutton mostly steered around the controversy in his official candidacy announcement. Instead, he focused on his accomplishments while in office and goals if elected.
"As a principled advocate for children and families, I want the chance to continue this very important work," Sutton said in part.
Two other current Democrats on the board - Carolyn Morrison and Anne McLaurin - say they won't seek reelection. Democrat Kevin Hill has already said he's running for re-election.
Of the Republicans, only board chairman Ron Margiotta is up for reelection this year. He has said he will run again.