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Carol Cook faces rocky road in quest for re-election to the Pinellas School Board

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It’s a tough year to run for office if you’re a Pinellas County School Board member who wants to hang onto your seat. Of the three seats that were up for election this year, one incumbent, Janet Clark, declined to seek re-election. A second, Ken Peluso, was defeated in the Aug. 30 election. The third, long-time board member Carol Cook, is facing a runoff against first-time candidate Eliseo Santana, who retired as a civilian supervisor from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s…

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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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Chris Latvala praises Pinellas School Board candidate Bill Dudley

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State Rep. Chris Latvala took a few moments out of his re-election campaign Thursday to praise a Pinellas County School Board candidate. Bill Dudley, a former St. Petersburg council member, is running for the School Board District 1 at-large seat that’s voted on countywide. Dudley has three opponents in the nonpartisan race: Matt Stewart, Joanne Lentino and Robert J. Beal. The incumbent, Janet Clark, is not running for re-election. Dudley is a former teacher who coached basketball, football, cross-country and…

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Matt Stewart leads in fundraising for District 1 seat on the Pinellas School Board

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A deputy director for the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections is winning the fundraising race for the District 1 at-large seat on the Pinellas County School Board. Matt Stewart, who is also an adjunct at St. Petersburg College, has raised $9,754 in cash and in-kind contributions as of April 30, when the books closed on the latest campaign reports. His nearest competitor, Joanne Lentino, a retired teacher, reported raising $6,074 in cash and in-kind donations. Former St. Petersburg City Council member…

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Bill Dudley running for Pinellas School Board to offer fresh set of eyes

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Former St. Pete City Council member Bill Dudley is running for Pinellas County School Board. Dudley is the third candidate to enter the race to replace three-term board member Janet Clark. Clark has not filed for re-election yet, but said she plans to. Dudley joins retired Gulfport Elementary teacher Joanne Lentino and SPC adjunct professor Matthew Stewart in the race. “I’ve been an educator all my professional life,” Dudley said of his decision to run. “The only time I haven’t…

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Two file to run against Pinellas County School Board member Janet Clark

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Two Pinellas County educators have filed to run for Pinellas County School Board. One is a former elementary school teacher, the other an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College. The two are vying to unseat incumbent Janet Clark. Joanne Lentino is a former Gulfport Elementary first grade teacher and a familiar face in the St. Pete progressive activism circles. Matt Stewart currently serves as the deputy director for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections and teaches ethics at SPC. The at-large…

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Bill Dudley to challenge Janet Clark for Pinellas County School Board seat

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Term-limited St. Petersburg City Councilmember Bill Dudley is ready to get back in touch with his roots. The former public school teacher of 38 years confirmed to SaintPetersBlog that he’ll be challenging incumbent Janet Clark for her District 1 Pinellas County School Board seat. “I was and still am an educator,” wrote Dudley in an e-mail. “Once an educator, always an educator.” Dudley has been serving as St. Petersburg’s District 3 City Council member since being elected in 2007. He was…

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