Rene Flowers kicks off campaign for Pinellas School Board

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Rene Flowers had her official campaign launch last night at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in south St. Petersburg, running for the Pinellas County School Board, District 7 (NP) seat now held by Gov. Rick Scott appointee Glen Gilzean. Flowers reports that her main motivation for her campaign is children.

“I am a product of the Pinellas County School System along with my eleven siblings. My children attended and graduated with high school diplomas from Pinellas County Schools, and now that I have grandchildren they will do the same. It is incumbent that we equip our students with the tools that they need not just to compete globally but to achieve employability skills right here in their own community,” said Flowers.

As of January 27, Flowers very quietly entered the race as a candidate for the School Board. She said her decision was made in part by the very strong urging of many individuals in the community, which included a number of educators. As of her campaign launch last night, I don’t expect her to remain so quiet.

“Many individuals have come on board as supporters of this effort. Those individuals are not just from District 7; they are from the all over the county.” Flowers continued, “They represent varying soci-economic backgrounds; they are cross-cultural; they support our teachers, but most importantly they have a desire to see our children receive a quality education.”

Flowers explained that as a young child, growing up in Jordan Park, the building that is now the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum “was our Recreation Center and hosted the Meals on Wheels program.” She said, “I began my role of service by helping my grandmother and other volunteers to clean up and attend to the participants when I got out of school.”

This location is where the Rene Flowers campaign hosted its kick-off event, February 16. Flowers said, “How befitting to begin an endeavor of this magnitude in a place where I began my road to service.”

Flowers has dedicated much of her life to service, including serving on the St. Petersburg City Council. Flowers also managed the campaign of the late Lew Williams, and she says, “[I] observed first hand his longing to keep first things first, or what he would call ‘The Main Thing’—children.” Flowers intends to do the same if her constituents choose to elect her to serve on the Pinellas County School Board for District 7.

Editor’s note: The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday “Glen Gilzean, who was appointed to fill Williams’ spot last month, said Wednesday he has not yet decided whether he will run for the position.”

Via SaintPetersBlog correspondent Daphne Street.  You can reach Daphne at dts.streetmedia@gmail.com. 

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