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Charles McKenzie may challenge Mary Brown

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Charles McKenzie, who unsuccessfully ran against Darryl Rouson for the state House in 2008, tells the Gradebook he is considering running for the Pinellas School Board against two-term incumbent Mary Brown.

“I think she’s done the best job she could,” said McKenzie, 53, who lives in St. Petersburg and teaches at a Bible college in Tarpon Springs. But “I think I bring added experience and passion and some fresh ideas. I think it’s time to make a change.”

McKenzie taught in public schools for 24 years. He said he has formed an exploratory committee, which includes Ray Tampa, president of the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP. He said he expects to make a decision by mid April.

Brown has not filed to run yet but said in January that she planned to do so.

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