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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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Joanne Lentino schedules fundraiser in race for Pinellas School Board District 1

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Joanne Lentino has scheduled her campaign kickoff fundraiser of the runoff season. The event is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Queens Head, 2501 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. Lentino is facing Matt Stewart in the runoff race for the District 1 At-Large seat on the Pinellas School Board. She and Stewart were the top two vote-getters in a four-person race for the seat in the Aug. 30 primary. Because no one received at least 50…

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Comedy night fundraiser set for Pinellas School Board hopeful Eliseo Santana

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A night of comic entertainment will benefit the campaign of Eliseo Santana, who’s in a runoff for the District 5 seat on the Pinellas County School Board. The event is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N. in Palm Harbor. The star of the evening is American history teacher Mike Rivera, who’s also a touring comedian. The Pinellas County teacher has made has made three national television appearances on…

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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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Early voting in Pinellas is brisk

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It’s only been two weeks since Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark started sending mail-in ballots to thousands of Pinellas voters for the Aug. 30 election. The election is called a primary election with certain races limited to members of a specific political party. Republicans will have choices of candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and Pinellas County property appraiser. Democrats will decide on candidates for U.S. Senate and, depending on their district, candidates for state Senate and House. Libertarians…

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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 candidate: Being elected is “not a priority”

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Robert J. Beal, a first-time candidate, says his first priority is his daughter, who has medical issues, and not the election. “It’s not a priority to tell you the truth,” Beal said Wednesday. “I have a lot on my plate. … Nothing else matters except for my daughter.” But Beal said he’s not withdrawing from the District 1 at-large race for the Pinellas County School Board. He just doesn’t plan a vigorous campaign. “If I get elected, I’ll do the…

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