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Yard sale proceeds will go to Pinellas School Board candidate Eliseo Santana’s campaign

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With a bit more than a month to go before the Nov. 8 election, fundraising for Eliseo Santana is in full swing. Santana, a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Pinellas School Board, has three fundraisers set for the next three weeks. The first is a “Support Eliseo Santana Yard Sale” sponsored by Jenn Bouchie, who says 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the campaign. The yard sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday…

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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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Pinellas School Board candidates open runoffs with slim bank accounts

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The candidates facing runoffs for two seats on the Pinellas School Board have emerged from the Aug. 30 election season with lean bank accounts, according to the latest records from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office. Take the District 1 at-large seat. No incumbent was running, and the countywide race had four candidates. First-time candidates Joanne Lentino, a first-grade teacher at Gulfport Elementary School, and Matt Stewart, a deputy director for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections and adjunct professor…

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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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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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