The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association and Pinellas Educational Support Professional Association endorsed Joanne Lentino Thursday in the race for the District 1 at-large seat on the Pinellas School Board.
Lentino is facing Matt Stewart in the runoff for the seat. Both are making their first run for public office. The PCTA-PESPA had endorsed both in the four-person Aug. 30 race. They moved to a runoff when no one received 50 percent plus one vote.
PCTA-PESPA decided to endorse Lentino in the Nov. 8 runoff because of her “understanding of the priorities and concerns of students, families, and teachers in Pinellas County.”
“Joanne Lentino worked tirelessly on behalf of Pinellas County students as a teacher for 10 years,” said PCTA-PESPA president Mike Gandolfo. “Joanne’s broad-based skills and knowledge of the school system, concern and commitment to the children and working families of Pinellas, and the deep relationships she has built in our community, will serve her well on the School Board.”
Lentino said, “As a recently retired teacher from Pinellas County schools, I am proud to have received the endorsement of PCTA-PESPA and will always look out for Pinellas’ students, families, teachers, and support professionals as we work together to ensure that all children have access to a high-quality education.”
Lentino recently retired after 10 years’ teaching in the Pinellas County School System. She said she continues to mentor and also volunteers in the community.
District 1 is voted on by the entire county. The race is non-partisan. The election is Nov. 8.