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Comedy night fundraiser set for Pinellas School Board hopeful Eliseo Santana

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Eliseo Santana
Eliseo Santana

A night of comic entertainment will benefit the campaign of Eliseo Santana, who’s in a runoff for the District 5 seat on the Pinellas County School Board.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N. in Palm Harbor. The star of the evening is American history teacher Mike Rivera, who’s also a touring comedian. The Pinellas County teacher has made has made three national television appearances on ABC’s hit talk show, “The View.” In 2014, he won the show’s national contest and was crowned “America’s Most Hilarious Teacher.”

Comedian Jodi White is also scheduled to appear.

The event is sponsored by the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association and Pinellas Education Support Professionals Association. Both organizations have endorsed Santana.

That’s not the only event this week for Santana.

A volunteer reception and meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater.

Santana was one of three candidates for the District 5 seat in the Aug. 30 nonpartisan election. Because none of the candidates received 50 percent plus one vote, the two highest vote-getters have moved on to a runoff. That leaves Santana, who’s making his first run at public office, facing incumbent Carol Cook, who is running for her fifth term on the board.

Santana says he graduated from high school at a third-grade reading level. Since then, he’s gone on to earn associates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. He was an electronics technology vocational instructor in Pinellas schools from 1987-1989. He worked as a communications maintenance supervisor for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office from 1981 until he retired in 2012.

District 5 covers a portion of mid-Pinellas County including Clearwater and some of the beach communities. The Nov. 8 election is nonpartisan.


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