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Yard sale proceeds will go to Pinellas School Board candidate Eliseo Santana’s campaign

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Eliseo SantanaWith 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 at 1902 Belleair Road in Clearwater.

The second is Santana’s first “Road to Victory Party: A Win for the Kids.” The event is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Jungle Bill’s Tiki Grill, 2950 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. Jungle Bill’s is a comedy club that has live music between shows.

The other also is a “Road to Victory Party.” This event is scheduled for Oct. 18, although the time isn’t clear. It will also be at a comedy club — Snapper’s Grill & Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N. This will be the second Santana fundraiser at the venue. Santana held an earlier fundraiser there in September.

Both Jungle Bill’s and Snapper’s are providing live music and entertainment while allowing the campaign to collect the door money. The suggested donation is $10.

Santana is facing Carol Cook in the nonpartisan race for the board. The two topped the field in the Aug. 30 primary. Indian Shores Town Council member Mike Petruccelli also was on the ballot. When no one received 50 percent plus one vote, the two top vote-getters moved on to a runoff during the General Election.

Cook, the incumbent, has held the seat since 2000.

Santana is a political newcomer making his first bid for public office. He is a retired communications maintenance supervisor for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Santana decided to run after reading about five Pinellas elementary schools where more than 90 percent of the pupils had failed reading, writing, and math. The stories took him back to his own youth where he was graduated from high school even though his reading and writing skills were at a third-grade level.

Santana said he felt an epiphany that he should be the one to do something about the problem.

District 5 covers the central portion of Pinellas County, including parts of Clearwater and Largo.

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