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Joanne Lentino schedules fundraiser in race for Pinellas School Board District 1

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Joanne Lentino has scheduled her campaign kickoff fundraiser of the runoff season.

The event is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Queens Head, 2501 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.

Lentino is facing Matt Stewart in the runoff race for the District 1 At-Large seat on the Pinellas School Board. She and Stewart were the top two vote-getters in a four-person race for the seat in the Aug. 30 primary. Because no one received at least 50 percent plus one vote, Lentino and Stewart will face voters again in the Nov. 8 general election.

Lentino has raised a total of $24,620 in her run for the school board, according to the latest filings with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections. Before the primary, she had raised about $20, 350 and spent about $17,932, leaving her at that point with a war chest of about $2,418. Since then, she has raised another $4,270.

Among her donors is Eileen Long, who contributed $75. Long is the newest member of the School Board, having defeated incumbent Ken Peluso in the Aug. 30 election for the District 4 seat.

Her opponent, Stewart, had raised about $26,100 before the primary. He spent about $25,009, leaving him with a total of $1,091. Since then, Stewart has raised an additional $1,765, including the $1,500 he contributed to his own campaign. That gives him an overall total of $27,865.

One interesting fact in the Lentino-Stewart faceoff: The Pinellas County Classroom Teachers Association and the Pinellas Educational Support Professionals Association’s political action committee endorsed both Lentino and Stewart before the primary.

The District 1 At-Large seat is run countywide in a nonpartisan race.

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