Ken Peluso drawing further ahead in fundraising for Pinellas School Board race

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Ken Peluso continues to outdistance his opponents in the race for the District 4 seat on the Pinellas County School Board.

Peluso’s latest financial report shows he raised about $5,250 in May bringing his overall total to about $16,530. But the bulk of that – $5,000 in September and another $5,000 in May – come from loans to himself.

Eileen Long, a science teacher at Clearwater Intermediate, raised about $97 in May, bringing her overall fundraising total to about $1,847.

The other declared candidate, Chris Hardman, has not filed his May financial report but he has until Friday to do so. Thus far, Hardman, who is making his third run for the School Board, has reported no fundraising activity.

Peluso, a retired chiropractor, is running for his second term on the School Board. He was first elected in 2014.

Candidates for the District 4 seat are elected by voters who live in that district. The district includes the far northern reaches of Pinellas County including the Tarpon Springs area. The seven School Board members serve four-year terms. The race is non-partisan and the election is Aug. 30.

In the District 1 at-large race for the School Board, candidate Joanne Lentino reports raising $1,795 in May for a total of $7,730 overall. Neither of the others in the race, William “Bill” H. Dudley nor Matthew Douglas Stewart, has filed a May report.

None of the candidates in the District 5 School Board race have filed reports.They have until Friday to do so.

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