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Peggy O’Shea, Rene Flowers to lead Pinellas School Board

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Peggy O’Shea will chair the Pinellas County School Board for another year. O’Shea was chosen to retain her chairmanship of the board during an organizational session Tuesday. Rene Flowers was chosen to be the vice chair. The session also saw the swearing in of two new board members, Joanne Lentino and Eileen Long, and one returning member, Carol Cook. Lentino holds the District 1 at-large seat. Long holds the District 4 seat; Cook, the District 5 seat. O’Shea was elected…

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Joanne Lentino schedules fundraiser in race for Pinellas School Board District 1

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Joanne Lentino has scheduled her campaign kickoff fundraiser of the runoff season. The event is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Queens Head, 2501 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. Lentino is facing Matt Stewart in the runoff race for the District 1 At-Large seat on the Pinellas School Board. She and Stewart were the top two vote-getters in a four-person race for the seat in the Aug. 30 primary. Because no one received at least 50…

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Going into Election Day, Ken Peluso leads in fundraising in Pinellas School Board races

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Incumbent Ken Peluso, who’s running for re-election to the District 4 seat on the Pinellas School Board, is the fundraising winner. But Peluso is not the big spender. That distinction goes to Matt Stewart, who’s running against three other candidates for the District 1 At-Large seat. With one day to go before casting final votes, here’s how the fundraising and spending have gone in the races for the three open seats on the School Board. Four candidates are vying for…

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Pinellas schoolteachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons, School Board candidate says

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Pinellas schools are not safe and teachers should have the means to defend themselves and students should the need arise, Mike Petruccelli said Wednesday. Petruccelli is an Indian Shores council member who’s making a run for the District 5 seat on the Pinellas County School Board. He made his remarks Wednesday in response to an audience question during a school board candidates’ forum at a luncheon meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. Eight of the nine candidates running for…

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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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Retiring teacher and incumbent face off in Pinellas School Board candidate forum

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For the most part, the candidates’ forum in Palm Harbor on Monday night was a quiet affair – except when it came to the race for the District 4 seat on the Pinellas County School Board. That’s the race where incumbent Ken Peluso, a retired chiropractor, is facing Eileen Long, a retiring teacher. The crux of the dispute was Long’s contention that a teacher is best suited to the job. The subtext was that Peluso does not understand the problems…

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North Pinellas county candidate forum set for Monday

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The Council of North County Neighborhoods is holding a candidates forum Monday night. The forum, which is co-sponsored by the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, will feature candidates who will appear on north Pinellas ballots in the Aug. 30 election. That election is for party primaries and nonpartisan races. Pinellas County School Board member Peggy O’Shea said all but one candidate would be at Monday’s event. The CNCN, she said, is still waiting to hear from Robert J.…

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