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Pinellas School Board candidates enter the Tiger’s Den Wednesday

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The nine candidates for the three open seats on the Pinellas County School Board will be the featured speakers at Wednesday’s luncheon meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. The nine are the latest in a line of candidates appearing before members of the non-partisan, political club in the run-up to the Aug. 30 election. That election is known more like a primary election, but non-partisan races for school board and judgeships are also on the ballot as is one…

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Ken Peluso leads all other candidates in fundraising for Pinellas School Board races

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When it comes to fundraising, Ken Peluso is the leader of the nine-person pack running for the three open seats on the Pinellas School Board. Peluso, who is running for re-election to the District 4 single-member seat, has raised a total of $20,180. Of that, $3,650 was raised last month. Most of that — $3,000 — was from a loan he made to himself. His opponent in the race, Eileen Long, is trailing with a total of $4,996. 80. The…

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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…

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Fourth candidate enters race for District 1 on Pinellas School Board

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With qualifying coming to an end, a fourth candidate has entered the race for Pinellas School Board. Robert J. Beal announced his candidacy and qualified Wednesday. The other three candidates for the at-large District 1 seat have already qualified – Bill Dudley, Joanne Lentino and Matt Stewart. Alex C. Powers had announced he would also run for the open seat but is listed as inactive on the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website. In other Pinellas school races, incumbent Carol Cook qualified…

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With first day of qualifying, most Pinellas School Board races appear set

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It’s only the first day of qualifying but most candidates for the Pinellas County School Board have done so. Only two – Chris Hardman, running for District 4, and Carol Cook, running for re-election in District 5 – have not done so. Two other candidates – Alex Powers in the District 1 race and Anthony Maccaroni in the District 4 race – are listed as inactive. If no last-minute candidates appear the field for the nonpartisan School Board races are…

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Carol Cook leads fundraising stakes race for Pinellas School Board District 5

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Incumbent School Board member Carol Cook is ahead in bringing in the money to finance her run to retain her seat. Cook raised $2,355 last month, bringing her campaign total to $9,030. Coming in second in the money stakes was Eliseo Santana, who has a total of $6,669. Santana is a retired communications maintenance supervisor who worked for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Trailing the field is Mike Petruccelli, who serves on the Indian Shores Town Council. Petruccelli has a total…

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It’s a close fundraising contest in the Pinellas School Board District 5 race

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The three candidates for the District 5 seat on the Pinellas County School Board are in a close race when it comes to fundraising. Incumbent Carol Cook, a former teacher who has served on the board since 2000, is holding on to the lead by an edge with $6,675 raised in cash and in-kind donations. But challenger Eliseo Santana Jr. is just $127 behind with $6,548 in cash and in-kind funds. Santana is a retired communications maintenance supervisor who worked…

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