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Former state lawmaker Carl Zimmerman wants to serve on Pinellas School Board

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Former Democratic state Rep. Carl Zimmerman knows a few things about public education. He’s taught in Pinellas County schools for nearly 32 years, most of them at Countryside High School in Clearwater. Now he’s ready for his next challenge, running for the Pinellas County School Board District 3 seat currently held by Chair Peggy O’Shea. “There’s a lot that I think needs to be changed, a lot of things that I think I can bring to the table so that people truly understand what…

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Jeff Larsen announces campaign kickoff in Pinellas County School Board race

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Jeff Larsen announced Tuesday that several longtime community leaders are hosting a campaign kickoff in his bid for Pinellas County School Board. Larsen, a teacher and former Tarpon Springs Vice Mayor, is running for the At-Large District 2 seat. The kickoff is Wednesday, May 24, at Wine at the Docks, 828 Dodecanese Boulevard in Tarpon Springs. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. “I’m humbled by the number of people who’ve pledged their support over the past few months and are eager…

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Democratic activist Jim Jackson becomes latest entrant into District 6 race

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Add longtime educator and Democratic Party activist Jim Jackson‘s name to the growing list of candidates vying for the St. Petersburg District 6 seat being vacated by the term-limited Karl Nurse. “I feel that I can bring the different parts of the city together,” Jackson explained Monday. “Downtown is thriving. It may be thriving too much for some people in terms of the rapid growth,” he says, bemoaning the fact that a lot of people would love to live in the downtown…

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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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Matt Stewart collects endorsements from Pinellas County elected officials

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Matt Stewart, who’s running for the Pinellas County School Board, has been endorsed by three elected officials from Pinellas County. Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice, Clerk of Court Ken Burke and retiring Tax Collector Diane Nelson have all endorsed him. Stewart said he was honored to have their endorsements. Stewart is running for the District 1 at-large seat on the school board against Joanne Lentino, a retired teacher. There is no incumbent in the nonpartisan race, which is voted countywide.…

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Former St. Pete City Council member Bill Dudley endorses Joanne Lentino

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Former St. Petersburg City Council member Bill Dudley has endorsed Joanne Lentino for the Pinellas County School Board District 1 seat. “Joanne Lentino is the only Pinellas County public school teacher running in this race with 10 years of experience teaching full time in our schools before she recently retired, “ Dudley said. He added, “Endorsed by teachers and support professionals, Joanne will work full time for Pinellas families and represent our community well on the Pinellas County School Board…

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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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