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Nine candidates qualify for three slots on Pinellas School Board

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Pinellas voters will have a chance to put several new faces on the school board during the Aug. 30 election.

When the smoke cleared after qualifying ended Friday, nine were running for the three open seats on the seven-member board. Here’s how the races stack up.

The race for the at-large District 1 seat, which is voted on countywide, is the most crowded with four candidates: Robert J. Beal, Bill Dudley, Joanne Lentino and Matt Stewart. Alex Powers had announced he would be running but never got his campaign going. The seat is currently held by Janet Clark, who is not running for re-election.

In the race for District 4, incumbent Ken Peluso is facing a challenge from Eileen Long. Chris Hardman and Anthony Maccaroni had announced they would run. Hardman withdrew and Maccaroni never really campaigned.

The race for the District 5 seat pits incumbent Carol Cook against challengers Mike Petruccelli and Eliseo Santana.

All school board races are non-partisan. Only residents of Districts 4 and 5 will vote in those races.

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