Ken Peluso has amassed 39 endorsements in his quest to remain on the Pinellas County School Board.
Peluso is facing teacher Eileen Long, a first-time candidate, in the non-partisan election.
Peluso’s endorsements, listed on his website, read like a directory of Pinellas County political powerbrokers.
They include former U.S. Rep. Mike Bilirakis, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, state Sen. Jack Latvala, former state Sen. Dennis Jones, state Reps. Chris Sprowls, Chris Latvala and James Grant. All are Republicans. Also on the list: Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Clerk of Court Ken Burke, Tax Collector Diane Nelson and county Commissioner John Morroni, former county Commissioners Neil Brickfield, Susan Latvala and Nancy Bostock. Latvala and Bostock are also former Pinellas School Board members. Former School Board member Robin Wikle has endorsed him. County Commissioner Janet Long, a Democrat, is also on the list.
Rounding out the list are former state Reps. Ed Hooper and Tom Anderson, who is now the mayor of Dunedin, a number of mayors, council members, city commissioners and fire commissioners. The Pinellas Realtor Organization and Palm Harbor/Oldsmar Professional Firefighers have also given him endorsements.
Peluso ia running for his second term on the School Board. He is a former Palm Harbor fire commissioner. He is a retired chiropractor and former owner of Peluso Chiropractic Center.
District 4 is the northernmost of the school board districts and encompasses East Lake, Tarpon Springs and other northern Pinellas communities. The seat holder is elected by voters who live in District 4. The election is Aug. 30.