Kurt Browning, former Florida Secretary of State and Pasco Supervisor of Elections announced his intent to run as a Republican for Pasco County Superintendent of Schools. Browning, a native of Dade City and graduate of University of South Florida pledged, if elected, to serve his first year in office for a one dollar salary.
“I know that accountability is the key to success in our school system and we must do better in Pasco County. I have the management experience to effectively communicate a clear set of goals for our school system. Working together – listening to all sides – we can empower our parents, teachers and students, to get results,” said Browning. “A quality education is the fundamental building block to a vibrant economy. As a parent, I know how important it is that our children and parents have choices in education. We must provide our children with the tools to live a productive and rewarding life.”
Former Secretary Browning holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of Leadership Pasco Class of 1996 where he served as President. Browning has served on several School Advisory Councils including at Centennial Elementary, Pasco High School and RB Cox Elementary. He is a Member Emeritus of the Pasco Education Foundation. In his
professional career, Browning has served as a member of Enterprise Florida, the State of Florida Government Efficiency Task Force and on the board of directors for Visit Florida.
“High quality education for all our students requires a clear vision and the ability to carry out that vision,” added Browning. “I look forward to working with the many talented and dedicated teachers, administrators, and parents to bring excellence to all of Pasco’s public schools.”
Prior to being appointed Secretary of State in 2006, Browning spent 26 years as Pasco Supervisor of Elections. During his time as Supervisor he served on Gov. Jeb Bush’s Task Force on Election Procedures and was President of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. He has served in leadership roles with several Pasco County community organizations including President of Downtown Dade City Main Street, Inc., Council Commissioner of the Gulf Ridge Council for Boy Scouts of America, and as Chairman of the Pasco County United Way Board of Directors.
Browning is married to the former Kathy Jones and has two sons, Keith and Kristopher.