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In the race for Pinellas School Board, the differences are subtle

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With no incumbent in the race for District 1, voters are sure to get a new face on the Pinellas County School Board come election day. But voters who came to Thursday’s local candidates’ forum sponsored by the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce looking for a clear-cut choice between Joanne Lentino and Matt Stewart may have been disappointed. The differences between the two are subtle and come more from their perspective than from sharp disagreements concerning the issues facing the Pinellas…

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Florida service employees union endorses Joanne Lentino for Pinellas School Board

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The Florida chapter of the Service Employees International Union has endorsed Joanne Lentino for the District 1 at-large seat on the Pinellas County School Board. “SEIU Florida has endorsed Joanne Lentino … because we are confident she will bring people together to improve the academic success of all children in Pinellas County,” said Alphonso Mayfield, president of SEIU’s Florida Public Services Union. “She has the experience, integrity and community spirit to get the job done. We will be activating our networks…

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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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St. Pete firefighters endorse Joanne Lentino

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The St. Petersburg Association of Firefighters Local 747 has endorsed Joanne Lentino for the Pinellas County School Board. “We commend you on your willingness to run for the position of School Board Member, District 1,” Richard Pauley, Jr, union president wrote. “The St. Petersburg Association of Firefighters Local 747 would like to support and endorse your campaign. We believe you will honorably serve the citizens of School Board, District 1 and the interests of the men and women in Fire…

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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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Battle for Pinellas School Board centers on five schools

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Three of the four candidates for the two open seats on the Pinellas County School Board debated school performance, allocation of resources, teacher retention, and diversity during a forum Wednesday at St. Petersburg College. The debate took place against a background of publicity over the underperformance of five majority-black schools in southern St. Petersburg. And while the panel asked for specificity and concrete answers, candidates’ comments at times seemed to rely more on rhetoric than on facts and solutions. Joanne…

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Matt Stewart retains his fundraising lead for the District 1 seat on the Pinellas School Board

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Matt Stewart, a deputy director for the Hillsborough Supervisor of Election, is holding onto his fundraising lead in the race for the Pinellas School Board’s District 1 seat. Stewart, who is also an adjunct at St. Petersburg College, raised about $3,310 in May, bringing his campaign total to $12,350. The other two candidates in the race, former St. Petersburg council member Bill Dudley and retired teacher Joanne Lentino, are in a horse race for second place. Lentino has nosed out…

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