Former St. Pete City Councilwoman Rene Flowers files to run for Pinellas School Board

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Very quietly, former St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Rene Flowers filed to run for the Pinellas County School Board.  Flowers is running for the District 7 seat which was recently filled by Rick Scott by three-month Pinellas resident Glen Gilzean.  (Ironically, Gilzean established his residence in Pinellas by renting a room from Gershom Faulkner, a close political ally of Flowers).  Officially, Flowers filed to run on Jan. 27.  Additionally, she has posted several messages on her Facebook account about running.

Flowers has scheduled a campaign kick-off event for February 16 at the Carter Woodson Museum.

Jim Jackson, who lost to the now-deceased Lew Williams in 2010 for the District 7, is also running.

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