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Matt Stewart collects endorsements from Pinellas County elected officials

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Matt Stewart, who’s running for the Pinellas County School Board, has been endorsed by three elected officials from Pinellas County.

Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice, Clerk of Court Ken Burke and retiring Tax Collector Diane Nelson have all endorsed him.

Stewart said he was honored to have their endorsements.

Stewart is running for the District 1 at-large seat on the school board against Joanne Lentino, a retired teacher. There is no incumbent in the nonpartisan race, which is voted countywide.

Stewart, who has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of Education at the University of South Florida, is a deputy director for the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. He also is a member of the adjunct faculty in the College of Policy, Ethics, and Legal Studies at St. Petersburg College.

Stewart says he is running to create a better education for students, be an advocate for teachers and school personnel, provide strong leadership and a vision on the School Board, and to be an economic driver for the community.

Quality schools lead to economic growth in our county, Stewart says. Stronger public schools, he says, will stimulate the local economy, create jobs, and sway the interest of new business in relocating to Pinellas.

“As a parent, with a middle school foster child, I know that there are strengths and areas where our schools can improve,” Stewart says. “It is time for leadership and vision on the school board.”

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