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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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At forum, Pinellas school board candidates agree on one thing: System needs fixing

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One thing was clear at Tuesday’s forum for Pinellas School Board candidates — the school system needs revamping. But how that is to take place isn’t so clear, although most agreed that communication and stakeholder participation are needed. “Parental participation is a must,” said Eliseo Santana, one of the candidates for District 5. “Our system is not geared to bringing our parents into the schools.” Eileen Long, who is running for the District 4 seat, said, “Survey our stakeholders, find what…

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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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